Shikhar Dhawan has scored 98 runs in the first ODI and the captain Virat Kohli applauded him.
India captain Virat Kohli praised Shikhar Dhawan, saying that his body language was ‘amazing’ even when he was not in the playing XI after the first T20I against England.
Dhawan had a poor show in the first match and he was left out of the playing XI for the rest of the T20Is series and the youngsters like Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav got the chances. Meanwhile, Kohli himself opened in the innings in the last T20I alongside Rohit Sharma, which put question marks over Dhawan’s T20I future as well.
Shikhar Dhawan, though, didn’t think much and returned with a bang as his 98 off 106 steered India to 317, which India eventually won by 66 runs.
“A special mention to Shikhar,” Viart Kohli said in the post match presentation. “His body language was amazing when he wasn’t playing. He was motivating players, running with extra stuff like water. Today he deservedly got the result he achieved. Made a very important contribution. You saw it was tricky first up and the openers had to start off that way. In that context, his innings was very important since he batted the tough overs. His contribution was better than what the scorecard was.”
On the other hand, England were going at a great pace where they put up 135 for 0 in 14 overs before Indian bowlers, especially the pacers brought the team into the game, with Prasidh Krishna bagging four, Shardul Thakur getting three and Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming two wickets as well.
“I am a really proud man right now” – Virat Kohli
“One of our sweetest victories in recent past. We haven’t won many good games in ODIs. A comeback from all our bowlers, getting nine wickets so quickly is outstanding. Going for few runs early on (Prasidh) and coming back was amazing. Krunal as well. Shardul, Bhuvi were amazing,” Virat Kohli added.
“I am a really proud man right now. Team showed great character and intensity. As I’ve mentioned in the past as well, we promote players who have intent and back their skills. Special mention to Shikhar’s innings as well. Didn’t get much after the first T20I. KL as well, back among the runs. So we want to back people who will do a selfless job. It’s a healthy competition between everyone for every slot. We have 2-3 players available for every slot. The management has done these discussions with senior players as well. We are on the right path,” he again expressed.
The captain also opened up on their batting plan and praised KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya for their late boost which helped India posted a massive total on the board in their allotted 50 overs.
“When I was batting, I told Shikhar that between 31-40 I’d look to take the bowlers on,” he said. “We lost a few wickets and there was a brief pushback but Krunal and KL then took it away. If I had stayed with Shikhar around that 40 over period we could’ve got 350. England hit some amazing shots, and scores will be high scoring moving forward, and we’ll look to get bigger scores moving forward,” Virat Kohli concluded.