Last Update on: January 17th, 2020 at 04:19 pm
Shikhar Dhawan has hit the ground running since returning to action this year. After a lot of criticism and missing the series against West Indies due to an injury, the star opener had found himself under a lot of pressure. In fact, there were also question marks over his place in the playing eleven as KL Rahul impressed in his absence.
But the team-management persisted with Shikhar Dhawan and the southpaw has pretty much justified the decision. In the third T20I against Sri Lanka, he scored 52 off 36 balls and has maintained the same form in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. In the series-opener, he top-scored for the hosts, playing a fine knock of 74.
His knock, however, had gone in vain as India lost the game by ten wickets. Australia thoroughly outplayed India to register their biggest win over the hosts in India in terms of wickets. Asked to bat first, India were all out for a modest 255. In reply, Australia chased down the total inside 38 overs without losing any wicket thanks to centuries from David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Shikhar Dhawan, nonetheless, impressed with the bat once again in the ongoing do-or-die game as he scored yet another fifty. With India in dire need of a strong start after being asked to bat first, Dhawan did not disappoint. He looked in good touch right from the start and shared a 81-run stand with opener Rohit Sharma.
Adam Zampa broke the stand when he dismissed Rohit for 42. But the dismissal did not affect Shikhar Dhawan as he kept batting fluently. The left-handed batsman was looking set to score his first international century since last year’s World Cup before he ended up hitting a delivery from Kane Richardson straight to fine leg and missed the ton by just four runs. And as soon as Mitchell Starc held the catch, India skipper Virat Kohli was seen expressing his disappointment over his partner.
Here is a clip of that incident: