Shikhar Dhawan was one of India’s standout batsman in the recently concluded ODI Series against England. The stylish left-hander scored 169 runs in the three ODIs, at an average of 56.33. The Delhi batsman scored two half-centuries which proved to be vital in guiding the hosts to a series victory.
Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged the player of the match in the first ODI, for his brilliant knock of 98 runs which helped India post a daunting total on the board. After a poor outing in the second match, Dhawan was back to his best in the decider, as he scored 67 runs off just 56 balls. He came into the ODI Series with huge pressure as he lost his place in the T20I team to the likes of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. The left-hander managed to play just one T20I in the five match series, where he scored 4 runs.
After the conclusion of the ODI Series, former Indian pacer, Ajit Agarkar asked Dhawan if he was back in the groove. Dhawan replied that he was always in the groove and a big score was just around the corner.
“I was always in the groove, it’s just that I wasn’t playing. Once I got the chance, I made the most of it. I was playing domestic cricket – Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare – and that was match practice for me. I’m glad I played those tournaments. The wicket was very good, especially the last two matches and I enjoy playing on such bouncy tracks,” said Shikhar Dhawan after the 3rd ODI as quoted by DNA.
Shikhar Dhawan now shifts his attention to the IPL 2021 season as he joins the Delhi Capitals camp. The runner-ups of last season open their campaign against Chennai Super Kings on April 10 at the Wankhede stadium. The left-hander had a terrific IPL campaign last season as he scored 618 runs at an average of 44.14. The Indian batsman was the second highest run-getter last season and scored two back-to-back centuries.