The veteran Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan has revealed that Pakistan fans took a dig at him ahead of Team India’s 2015 World Cup match against the arch-rivals. He recalled that he was having a bad run ahead of the 2015 World Cup and hadn’t performed well in the series against Australia.
Before the start of the World Cup, he has amassed just 73 runs in a 3-match T20I series against the 2015 World Cup hosts Australia. Shikhar recalled that when he was entering the Adelaide Oval Pakistan fans mocked him and predicted that he would score just 15 runs in the match.
However, the southpaw stood his ground and went on to score 73 runs off 76 balls in the match. His innings consisted of 7 fours and 1 sixes. The same crowd applauded him later.
Dhawan elaborated, “I feel pressured against Pakistan because of the environment in the ground, that’s a whole different feeling. I still remember our game against Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide. My form wasn’t that good during that time and I didn’t play well in Australia series before the World Cup.”
He further added, “Our first World Cup game was against Pakistan and when I was walking down at the venue, Pakistan fans were shouting, ‘Tu toh 15 runs banake out hojayega’ (You will get out after scoring 15 runs). I was like ‘oh okay’. And then, I went on to score 73 runs and the same people clapped for me on my way to the pavilion.”
India went on to put a target of 301 runs for Pakistan but the arch-rivals against lost to India in a World Cup match as India bowlers bowled superbly to bundle out the Men in Green for just 224 runs. Virat Kohli, the centurion of the match was declared Man of the Match in the high-octane clash.