The Men in Blue opener Shikhar Dhawan has expressed joy following his supreme show on his way to 16th One-day International ton during the ongoing penultimate ODI of India vs Australia 2019 series on Sunday (March 10) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Following the 32-run loss at Nagpur, Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has put his weight behind Dhawan. Interestingly, Dhawan has equally put an onus on himself by playing a significant knock for the Men in Blue.
Confident looking Dhawan reiterated the surface was true and he is happy to get back into the groove. He added it’s about the time to get things according to the plan and at the same time things tend to fall apart.
Dhawan further remarked the visitors’ bowlers also bowled on a good length and all that he could do was to play it according to the merit.
“It was a good innings from me. The wicket was really nice, I took calculative risks, they were bowling good lines and I was respecting it. Smart work paid off for me and I’m happy about it. When you put so much of hardwork, you expect the outcome to go your way but sometimes it doesn’t,” Dhawan told Murali Karthik during mid-innings break.
The brute force to reckon with the bat, Dhawan looked off-colour in the recent past, before returned with a bang. He played a special knock against Australia as his stroke-filled innings has further impressed one and all.
Dhawan-Rohit show at Mohali:
Dhawan, who’s playing his 127th ODI, registered 193-run partnership for the first wicket alongside Rohit Sharma.
The left-handed senior campaigner revealed he has relished the time to bat alongside Rohit. The duo has recently achieved a milestone by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as a pair to score most runs in ODIs for India.
“For both of us (myself and Rohit), we didn’t get a good start from the last few matches. We were communicating well today. If you notice today, we both were on nineties around the same time. He’s (Rohit) a class batsman. It’s good to see 150-run opening partnership and that’s been our strength,” Dhawan added.
With this high-quality knock, Dhawan has registered his highest ODI total. Dhawan scored 143 off 115 deliveries as his innings was laced with 18 fours and three sixes. He scored at the strike-rate of 124.35.
The 33-year-old Dhawan’s previous best was 137 which came against South Africa in February 2015.
Dhawan on Mohali surface; enjoys his batting:
The southpaw has struggled to put runs on the board in an ongoing ODI series, but he regained the form by smashing Aussies bowlers all-around the park.
With the help of his sublime ton and Rohit’s half-century, India posted 358 for nine in 50 allotted overs. Dhawan stated they’re happy to take the total beyond 350-run mark. He cited they would aim at mounting pressure on Aussie as the wicket will appear to be slugging in the second-half.
The highlight for Australia has been Pat Cummins‘ five-wicket haul.
“I liked that shot when I stepped out and hit it over covers (his stand-out shot). It’s a good surface to bat on, we’ve got 350 on the board and Australians will feel the pressure from ball one. Wicket is going to get slower, there seems to be some reverse for the bowlers and we should look to exploit it,” Dhawan inferred.
Accordingly, Team India bowlers bowled their heart out by picking two quick wickets of Australia. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have accounted for the wicket of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. While filling this report the guests post 56 on the board in 12 overs.