Australia vs India 2018-19: It will be a big final at MCG - Shikhar Dhawan

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Australia vs India 2018-19: It will be a big final at the MCG, Says Shikhar Dhawan 

Australia vs India 2018-19: It will be a big final at the MCG, Says Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has so far scored 32 in two games in ODI series Down Under. Photo Credit: Screengrab/CA.

The premium Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is looking forward to seeing an excellent all-round performance from the Men in Blue at the MCG in Melbourne. Dhawan remarked it’s going to be an exciting game for India as well as hosts Australia on Friday (January 18).

“It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teams. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow,” Dhawan said while speaking during a pressure conference at the ‘G’.

With Team India aiming to wrap the ODI series, the 33-year-old left-handed batsman Dhawan admitted if India went on to register the ODI series it would be a massive achievement in series Down Under.

“It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.

On the other side, Australia won the opening One-day International of the three-match series and India equally bounce back at Adelaide to level the series one each.

In the second ODI, The visitors put up a promising show which further saw skipper leading from the front by scoring a superb 104 off 112 deliveries.

Interestingly, veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni rose to the occasion by smashing unbeaten 55 to see India home convincingly by six wickets alongside Dinesh Karthik.

Dhawan on consistency and domination:

Dhawan has further lauded the efforts of Karthik at Adelaide. Karthik registered crucial 25 runs off 14 balls in his 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket alongside Dhoni.

“Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit,” Dhawan stated.

Moreover, Dhawan added India has produced a dominant show and has been equally consistent over the years. He said they would be looking forward to continuing to do their best.

“We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years, and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” Dhawan remarked.

Reflecting upon young pacers:

While shedding light on the young bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Khaleel Ahmad, Dhawan backed the youngsters while stating they would acclimatise to the conditions by giving their best against a quality side. However, he has ruled out that there is nothing to worry about the visiting team about the third seamer.

“There is nothing to worry about. They (Siraj and Ahmed) are young blokes. They just came in. Of course, we back them. That’s how they are going to learn when they play against a good side. If they go for runs, it is when they lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategy. That’s how they will become more mature players,” he said.

Recently, after Khaleel failed to leave an impact at Sydney, Siraj was handed an ODI debut which saw him conceding 76 runs in 10 overs.

Dhawan had a word for Australia:

Moreover, Dhawan believes Australian National Cricket Team is a decent side while admitting the absence of banned cricketers; Steven Smith and David Warner have somewhat hurt the hosts.

“Australia has got a well-balanced side, and Finch is a great batsman. I feel the presence of David Warner and Steve [Smith] is missing in the side. They are legends of their country and big cricket players in the cricket world, but they are doing well,” Dhawan concluded.

The third and final ODI will commence from January 18 in Melbourne.

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