The Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan had set the stage on fire in the Mohali ODI against Australia when he blasted his 16th century. It was a magnificent return to form for him at a venue where he made a sensational Test debut when he slammed 187 against the same opponents in 2013.
However, Peter Handscomb’s maiden century, combined with Usman Khawaja’s 91 and a partnership of 192 put Australia on course for a win. However, it was Ashton Turner’s brilliant 84 off 43 balls which took Australia over the line while chasing 359, the highest total successfully chased by a visiting team in ODIs in India as the five-match series was level 2-2.
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During the post-match press conference, Dhawan looked pretty downcast, praising the knock of Turner and lamenting that the vast amount of dew on the field resulted in India’s bowlers not able to bowl the proper line and lengths. However, in the middle of the press conference, there was an incident which shocked all the journalists that were present and it also ruffled Dhawan slightly.
Suddenly, there was a crackling sound which emerged out of one of the studio lights which were positioned near the speakers. Immediately after the crackling sound, the lights caught fire and the paper which was positioned ahead of the lights started to burn away.
There was some bit of chaos as the PCA officials decided to switch off the studio lights. After a couple of minutes, calmness returned and Shikhar started answering the questions from the media. One of the technicians then decided to turn on one of the other studio light and it flashed straight in Dhawan’s face. Irritated, Dhawan shouted, “Arey, koi yeh light bandh kar sakta hai (Can someone please switch off this light?”
Here is the video of the incident:
A scary moment for India opener Shikhar Dhawan during a post-match interview on Sunday
Geplaatst door cricket.com.au op Maandag 11 maart 2019
The press conference ended with Dhawan acknowledging that India failed to read the conditions and that was the reason behind their loss. However, some journalists said that apart from the quotes, the light incident was a major story.
The Mohali ODI was indeed a cracking contest, with almost 720 runs being scored in the match. Australia’s love for 359 was reaffirmed against India, winning the 2003 World Cup, 2004 VB Series against India on the same score. The final match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi and a loss for either team could hurt their confidence in a big way.