Delhi Capitals (DC) opener, Shikhar Dhawan seems to have put behind the disappointment of receiving a snub from India’s T20 World Cup squad as he was at his best when DC registered a thrashing in 8-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 33 of IPL 2021 on Wednesday.
Shikhar Dhawan continued from where he left in India leg of IPL 2021 as he came out all guns blazing at the SRH bowlers as in the first innings, SRH only managed to score 134 for 9 in 20 overs. Dhawan smashed six and 6 boundaries as he amassed 42 from just 37 balls to go regain the Orange Cap for the most runs scored in the season from PBKS skipper KL Rahul. During the course of his match-winning knock, Dhawan also went past 400 runs, becoming only the 3rd batter after Suresh Raina and David Warner to do so in at least 6 successive seasons.
Talking about the same, Shikhar Dhawan said, “I’m enjoying wearing the cap, I’m enjoying the way I’m timing the ball. Not very true, this surface, it stopped a bit, and we had to plan the game according to the wicket. So it was good to go out there and secure a win.”
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Unfortunately, Shikhar Dhawan failed to get selected in India’s World Cup squad as he has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL over the years. In IPL 2021, Dhawan has scored 422 runs at an average of over 50 in IPL 2021, striking at over 130.
Talking about his strike rate, Shikhar Dhawan said, “I consciously made an effort to increase the tempo and strike-rate, because I wanted to be an impactful player for my side. It was just about the execution. Rabada and Nortje are our gun bowlers. Absolutely enjoying being at the top of the table.”
With Shreyas Iyer playing an unbeaten knock of 47 on his return to the IPL after the injury lay-off and Rishabh Pant giving the finishing touches with a quickfire 35 not out, which helped DC gunned down the target in just 17.5 overs against SRH with 8 wickets in hands and 13 balls to spare.