Axar Patel may have stolen the limelight from Shikhar Dhawan following his match-winning cameo but Delhi Capitals eventual successful run-chase against the Chennai Super Kings was really about one man- Shikhar Dhawan.
In what was a masterclass of a knock, Dhawan looked as if he was batting on a completely different track as compared to his fellow Delhi Capitals batsmen from both sides. The southpaw scored [101 not-out off 58 balls] 54 percent of his team’s runs as he cut, pulled, dabbed, and drove his way to his maiden IPL ton.
Dhawan had endured a lean patch in the early part of the season but the stylish batsmen, in the absence of Rishabh Pant and his out-of-form opener Prithvi Shaw, has really stepped up to the occasion in the past few games and has now smashed three back-to-back half-centuries.
Shikhar Dhawan was rightfully awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his unbeaten 101, where the southpaw expressed his satisfaction at finally scoring his maiden IPL ton, besides adding that he just wants to continue with his red-hot streak in the upcoming games.
”It’s very special (first IPL ton). Playing for 13 years, so very special. Really happy. At the start of the tournament, I was hitting the ball but I wasn’t converting the 20s or 30s into fifties. Once you start doing that, you get more confidence. I just want to continue the same form and make the most of it. I keep my mindset positive, I don’t think a lot. Of course, I do have a few strategies according to pitch. I feel I have courage. It (fitness) is very important. Luckily, I was able to work a lot on my routine due to this long break we had due to Corona,” Shikhar Dhawan said.