Imagined Scoring A Century, Got Out On Duck: Shikhar Dhawan Recalls His ODI Debut
India’s white-ball opener Shikhar Dhawan made his much-awaited ODI debut against Australia in the year 2010. Persistent rain washed out first ODI the series and Dhawan had to wait for one more game to finally don the India cap.
In an interview with India TV, the senior batsman revealed that after washed-out Kochi game, he took sleeping pills and dreamt of scoring a century in the second ODI. He got out on a duck after being bowled by Clint McKay.
“When I was about to make my debut, I was switching sides the night before and couldn’t sleep. My dream was to play for India and now I have reached there. So I could not sleep all night. As I could not sleep all night, I was getting worried about how the energy would last all day. When I woke up in the morning, it was raining and the match was cancelled. Then I took a sleeping pill to sleep the night before the next match,” Dhawan told India TV.
“When I got out for 0 on my ODI debut, I went back laughing. It was disappointing because I imagined myself scoring a century,” Dhawan recalled when asked about nerves ahead of his ODI debut,” he added.
The left-handed batsman made occasional comebacks in the limited-overs team till May 2013 until he got selected for ICC Champions Trophy. It was a surprise call for the left-handed batsman and since then, there has been no looking back for him and Rohit Sharma, who started opening for India regularly right from the ICC tournament.
Dhawan did get a drop from playing XI but has never been dropped from the ODI team. He and Rohit Sharma have formed a strong pair at the top of the order and have created oodles of records.
Just like his ODI debut, Dhawan’s Test debut was also a rain-marred affair. The first day of the Mohali Test against Australia was washed out. He got his chance to bat after Australia’s innings and this time, Dhawan got flying start as he played an innings of 187, highest by an India on his Test debut.
Though Dhawan has been in and out of the Test side and was dropped from the longest format after the tour of England last year.
India are still looking for openers in red-ball cricket and performances for Delhi in domestic cricket can see him make his Test comeback.
For now, Dhawan’s immediate focus is on T20 cricket. He didn’t have a good record in T20 cricket but with 76 runs in South Africa series, he has ensured that he keeps his place in the side for Bangladesh T20Is.
Going into twin T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021, Dhawan will look to maintain his form and retain his spot as an opener in the shortest format.
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