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The 34-year-old Indian left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is confident enough about his present Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals (DC) to win their maiden IPL trophy soon.
Shikhar Dhawan started his IPL career for Delhi Daredevils, where he served in 2008. Then he played for the Mumbai Indians (2009-2010), now-defunct Deccan Chargers (2011-2012) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (2013-2018), before returning to the Delhi franchise ahead of the 2019 IPL auction. Delhi-boy is happy to return to the Delhi franchise.
During a recent Instagram live session with Delhi Capitals, Dhawan said, “It was good to be back in Delhi after a few years, as this has always been my home and it is also where my heart is. I believe we have a very good team now, and the vision of winning the IPL is clearer than ever before.”
The Delhi franchise has never played the IPL final. While the Delhi franchise failed to reach the Playoffs between 2013 and 2018, they performed impressively in the IPL 2019 where they equalled their best IPL record, finishing as the third-best team in that tournament. However, Dhawan is now confident about Delhi Capitals’ IPL trophy victory at soon.
Dhawan added, “I am sure we will win the IPL soon, and give the trophy to the fans of Delhi. They deserve it for the support they have always given to us.”
In the IPL 2019, Dhawan was the leading run-scorer for Delhi Capitals as the left-handed batsman scored 521 runs in 16 matches (average 34.73), including five half-centuries. In overall, he was the fourth-most run-scorer in that tournament.
On the other hand, Dhawan has scored 4579 runs in 159 IPL matches (average 33.42), including 37 fifties.
I’ve looked at the pandemic as an opportunity to bond with my family: Shikhar Dhawan
While the ongoing pandemic has pressed the pause button in the daily busy life, including cricket, Dhawan is utilising this period as an opportunity to spend a good time with his family.
He claimed, “I’ve looked at the pandemic as an opportunity to bond with my family. They were living in Australia, and there’s very little time I used to get with them, because of the constant travel and schedule. I am glad that I finally have the time to relax with them, and get closer to them. Even though I can’t wait to go out and play, I am not that sad that we are spending so much time indoors.”
As the International Cricket Council (ICC) hasn’t taken any final decision about the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 yet, which Australia will host between 18th October and 15th November 2020, the fate of the IPL 2020 is still hanging.