Shikhar Dhawan returned to work after two months India He faced New Zealand in their first international match in Auckland on Friday. The stand-in captain displayed superior performance with bat in hand, smashing 72 off 77 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. He forged an opening 124-run stand with Shubman Gill, who also made a fifty to establish a rule of 306/7 in India at the end of the first innings.
The 35-year-old started off a bit slow but as the innings progressed he sprinted to get back on track and took 39 in the ODI. Former art director Ravi Shastri, who is currently one of the commentators for the series, praised Dhwan for a great hit but also noted that he is not getting the accolades he deserves.
“He’s very experienced. He doesn’t get the accolades he deserves. To be honest, most of the lights are on.” Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But when you look at his record in one day cricket, and you look at some of the innings he’s played against the top teams in the big matches, it’s quite an impressive record. “A left-handed player at the top makes a huge difference,” said Shastri on Prime Video during the match.
The former coach of India further emphasized that apart from his natural style of stroke, Dhawan would be decisive with his vast experience in playing form and guiding the young players in the team.
“He is a natural batsman and has got all the shots for his fast bowling, haul, slash and drive.
“He loves it when the ball comes to the bat, and I think his experience will come in handy here. There are a lot of talented youngsters out there, but I think in this form of the game his experience will be valuable,” added Shastri.
Dhawan’s strike rate in ODIs has been of great interest to cricket fans. However, he stepped up on Friday to add momentum to India’s innings by knocking out Lucky Ferguson for four straight runs in his 15The tenth During. at 18The tenthHe smashed two more off Adam Milne, then reached his half century, off 63 balls. Four balls later, Dhawan brought up the opening partnership century gradually over the bouncer’s head for four balls.
(with agency input)