Shikhar Dhawan praises Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur’s effort with bat
By SMCS - Oct 7, 2022 2:00 pm
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India captain Shikhar Dhawan praised the stunning effort by Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur in the first ODI against South Africa in Lucknow on Thursday, October 6. They all kept India’s hopes alive during the run-chase in the rain-curtailed 40-over match. But with the asking run rate increasing and Samson left alone at the end, India suffered a nine-run loss in the first of the three-match series as well.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant fifty

“Very proud of the way the boys played,” Shikhar Dhawan said in the post-match presentation. “It’s tremendous the way Shreyas, Samson and Shardul played.”

Shikhar Dhawan, however, criticised the fielding of new-look India as the dropped chances that helped South Africa set a 250-run target, which the India captain conceded too many runs.

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“I thought 250 was too many runs, because the wicket had turn and seam. Even fielding-wise, we leaked a few runs; but it’ll be a good experience and learning for the young boys.”

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill is on a run spree

Meanwhile, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma also acknowledged Sanju Samson’s effort, claiming: “A good fight at the end, obviously Sanju pushed us at the end, but the boys stood firm and took us to the win.”

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Team India had a poor start while chasing the 250-run target. Openers Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan fell very badly before South Africa added to India’s misery, with both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan getting out soon. However, Shreyas Iyer and Samson recovered India but just when it seemed the team still had a chance, Iyer departed after scoring a fifty. Shardul Thakur joined Sanju Samson in the middle but failed to take India over the line. India and South Africa will next take on each other in the second ODI on October 9 in Ranchi.