Shikhar Dhawan: It doesn’t matter to me what people say, I just back myself
By Sandy - Nov 12, 2018 4:01 pm
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After some average knocks in the recent cricket matches, the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan returns to the big score on Sunday (November 11) night during the Chennai T20I against Windies where he played a match-winning knock of the 92-run, during their 182-run chase. Later, at the end of the match, Dhawan told that he always backs himself and doesn’t give the importance to the public opinions.

Shikhar Dhawan

In the recent days, after finishing the 2018 Asia Cup as the Player of the Tournament award winner, Dhawan was not in the good touch. But in the last two T20Is against Windies, the left-handed opening batsman showed some brilliant batting forms as he scored 43 and 92 respectively.

Coming to the Chennai T20I, at the beginning of that 182-run chase, India lost their in-form opener and the skipper Rohit Sharma and the no.3 batsman KL Rahul inside the powerplay. But then the opener Shikhar Dhawan and the no.4 batsman Rishabh Pant totally controlled that innings and provided a brilliant 130-run partnership for the third wicket to settle for a victory.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant

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While Pant scored 58 off 38 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes), Dhawan was dismissed on the 19.5 overs, when the scoreboard was tied and India needed just one more run to secure this victory. The 32-year-old scored 92 off 62 balls (10 fours and 2 sixes) before getting caught out at long on.

At the end of the match, Dhawan said, “It was a good match. We lost two early wickets, and I knew I had to stay at the crease. Rishabh played well, tremendous partnership between us. He batted really well. I knew he was going after the bowlers so I took a backseat and then I joined the party after he hit a few huge sixes. It doesn’t matter to me what people say, and I just back myself and back my game.”