Shikhar Dhawan set to undergo scans after taking a hit on his left thumb
In-form Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his golden run in ICC tournaments by belting a match-winning hundred against Australia at The Oval. Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that didn’t do much. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan put up an opening stand of 127 runs before the middle-order blasted its way to 352.
Cloud looms large over the opener’s availability
During the course of action, Dhawan was hit on the left hand while facing pacer Pat Cummins. The southpaw couldn’t tackle the bouncer as hit went on to hit his bottom hand before hitting his shoulder and the helmet grill. He received assistance from Indian physio Patrick Farhart as he sprayed medication on the opener’s left thumb. It looked a bot swollen but Dhawan continued his vigil at the crease. He was batting on 24 off 26 balls at that point and went on to score 117 off 109 balls.
Dhawan executed the plan to perfection
Dhawan went in with a clear plan to play out the two pacers Mitchell Starc and Cummins. The openers didn’t just counter the bowling but took the attack to them. “I had a positive mindset. I was looking to score runs but the wicket was a bit tricky so I had to give enough respect to the bowlers as well. I knew that if we play positively against Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc without taking any risks then we can cash in later on their lesser experienced bowlers” he said post the game.
India are now at the third spot with two wins from as many games. They started off their campaign with a stunning win against South Africa. One of the top contenders for the World Cup, India will take on New Zealand next before facing their arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16.
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