India opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed swashbuckling 98 runs in the series opener against England.
After playing in the first T20I against England, India opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the playing XI as Team India used different openers for the entire series. While nothing really clicked for the first four matches, India captain Virat Kohli opened with Rohit in the final as well as decider one and the duo made wonders.
However, seeing this, Dhawan’s future was looking blur as an opener. But, he once again returned to the team and proved his worth in the ODI format where he smashed 98 runs in the first ODI to help India put up a huge total and eventually win by 66 runs in Pune.
While speaking after winning the Man of the Match award, Shikhar Dhawan said that he always thinks about how to help the team even if he is not in the playing XI.
“When I wasn’t playing, I was thinking how I can give to the team. I was being a good 12th man, serving water. In my head, though, I was quite positive and preparing, working on my skills. That when I get an opportunity I can score runs,” he said at the post match presentation.
“His body language was amazing when he wasn’t playing” – Virat Kohli on Shikhar Dhawan
“I was putting all my efforts in the process. Was doing good gym, running, net sessions whenever possible. Eventually my hard work paid off. You feel bit sad (getting out on 98) but I am not a person who gets too sad or too happy. I was not in a rush to score 100, went for a shot, got out. There’s always a next time. Very happy with the performance especially because the team won. Great comeback. Really enjoyed it,” Shikhar Dhawan again shared.
Meanwhile, his knock impressed the captain Virat Kohli too who applauded the left hander for his blistering knock.
“A special mention to Shikhar. 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,” Kohli said in the post match presentation.