Shikhar Dhawan, the left-handed batsman has scored 37 half-centuries in 159 IPL matches so far. If he manages to get one more fifty on Sunday, he will equal Suresh Raina’s record of 38 IPL fifties – which is the highest by any Indian player. David Warner of Australia tops the list with 44 fifties to his name.
Delhi Capitals star batsman Shikhar Dhawan will be on the verge of equaling Suresh Raina’s huge Indian Premier League milestone on Sunday. DC will play their opening game of the 13th edition of IPL against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, and Shikhar Dhawan will be eager to give his side a good start.
Shikhar Dhawan On The Verge Of Equaling Indian Record Of Most 50s And 100 Sixes
The left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan has scored 37 half-centuries in 159 IPL matches so far. If he manages to get one more fifty on Sunday, he will equal Suresh Raina’s record of 38 IPL fifties – which is the highest by any Indian player.
Overall, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina will remain at the 2nd place in the list of players with most IPL fifties with Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner leading the charts with 44 half-centuries to his name.
Shikhar Dhawan is also on the verge of becoming the 11th Indian batsmen to hit 100 IPL sixes. To do so, he needs only four big hits, which can happen on Sunday when DC take on KXIP. Overall, Shikhar Dhawan will be the 19th player in the world to do so if reaches the landmark.
Ricky Ponting: Delhi Capitals Are Balanced & Ajinkya Rahane’s Inclusion Gives Depth
Meanwhile, speaking at the virtual press conference, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting said that his team is well-balanced heading into the tournament.
“We really have a balanced side. There is a lot of competition for middle-order slots. Rahane gives us more depth to our batting,” he said.
“Shikhar had as good a last season as anybody. Prithvi has been training very well. Shreyas has had his best 12 months for the Indian team. We have Pant, Hetmyer, and Alex Carey (both left-handers), which gives us a good mix of left-right combinations. We have our bases covered,” Ponting added.
Delhi Capitals have never won IPL trophy and are the only franchise who have never played an IPL final. They consist of openers Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane while the middle order consists of skipper Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Alex Carey.
They have a potent spin attack of Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane and Ravichandran Ashwin while pace attack will be spearheaded by Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Anrich Nortje and Mohit Sharma.