Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has credited Ravi Shastri, the newly appointed Indian Team Director, and the other members of the squad for offering him a stout and strong helping hand during his tough times, as a result of which he roared back to regain his once lost form, with a coruscating score of a mighty 97 not out against England in the fourth One Day International at Edgbaston.

India thrashed England by nine wickets to seal the five-match series with a 3-0 advantage and still, with one more match to go. Dhawan added a handsome total of some 183 runs with Ajinkya Rahane, his partner in guiding India to a famous win.

Ajinkya Rahane, who hammered his maiden One Day International century in the game, was in beautiful touch the last day and also, the way he took over James Anderson for those four consecutive boundaries in a single over, it released all the pressure from the rest of the line-up, said Dhawan. The left arm firepower also mentioned that it was not his bad touch but that his flow was not as good as his. So he decided to keep taking singles at the other end and offer him majority of the strike he got, initially. It seemed like the perfect partnership was cropping up between them.

Dhawan urged that he is feeling more confident right now about his performance in the game last night, as he had a miserable Test series during which he was dropped for the last two Tests.

“My game does depend a lot on confidence. Without confidence, I would not have been able to score runs today. To be honest, even during the Tests and in the first two ODIs, it wasn’t like I was struggling to put bat on ball. It happens with every batsman; sometimes despite feeling good in the nets, you don’t score runs in the match,” Dhawan said.

It is when you are scoring runs that you yourself and the others tend to overlook your technical malfunctions. But, it proves worse only when the runs are not coming that even the minimal flaws are scrutinised under the watch glass.

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