India’s stand-in skipper, Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday stressed he is not bothered about not being able to reach the tree-figure mark in ODI cricket and that he is happy with his for. Dhawan played a significant role with the bat as he became the first Indian skipper to register a clean sweep of an ODI series in the West Indies. He played a 74-ball 58 in the 3rd and final ODI against the West Indies in Port of Spain in Trinidad.
Just when Shikhar Dhawan was looking to go big after the opening partnership of 113 runs with fellow opener Shubman Gill, the southpaw was dismissed by leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. in the 23rd over of the first innings. Dhawan ended the ODI series with 168 runs in 3 matches after having hit 2 half-centuries, including the 97 in the first ODI in Port of Spain. Dhawan finished as the second-highest run-getter in the series after Gill, who won the Player of the Series award for his 205 runs.
Talking about his form in the post-match presentation, Shikhar Dhawan said, “I know how to convert 50s into 100s. Got out on 97 in the first game, even today I was good. I took a risk to up the run rate and got out, so it’s good regardless. I am quite pleased with my form, I have been playing this format for a long time.”
Dhawan empathized with Gill, who was robbed of his maiden ODI ton by rain. Gill was batting on 98 in the 36th over when rain brought an early end to the Indian innings. India was standing were 115 for 1 in 24 overs when there was the first stoppage but once the play resumed, the visitors came out all guns blazing as they smashed 110 runs in the next 12 overs with Gill and Shreyas Iyer taking the attack to the cleaners.
Shikhar Dhawan will not be part of the T20I series in the West Indies but he seems to have done enough to keep himself in the mix with the ODI World Cup 2023 slated to take place at home. Having been in and out of the side, Dhawan’s consistency has made him tick. The senior campaigner was effusive in praise of the young team that scripted history in the West Indies, blanking Nicholas Pooran’s side.
Elaborating the same, Shikhar Dhawan added, “My boys are young in age but played maturely. They showed common sense and handled themselves well. The whole team performed which is important.”
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