Shikhar Dhawan total centuries: The Indian opening batsman yet again proved as to why he is among the best modern-day ODI opening batsmen.
During the first ODI of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Pune, India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan missed out on crossing the 100-run mark for the 18th time in his ODI career.
Opening the batting with vice-captain Rohit Sharma (28), Dhawan didn’t hesitate from giving English bowlers the respect they deserved with the new ball. Facing tight lines and lengths, Dhawan did score a few boundaries in the first powerplay but without taking any unnecessary risk.
Having got his eye in after the initial burst by the likes of Mark Wood and Sam Curran, Dhawan started finding the boundaries with ease which soon transformed into him dictating terms at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
It was on the first delivery of the 24th over when Dhawan slog-swept England spinner Adil Rashid to score a six and complete another half-century in the format.
Dhawan, who put together a 105-run partnership for the second wicket alongside captain Virat Kohli (56), gave the impression of playing the attacker’s role in the stand.
Having slowed down a bit in the nervous nineties, Dhawan failed to reach the three-figure mark as his attempt to pull England all-rounder Ben Stokes resulted in him hitting the ball straight to England captain Eoin Morgan at short mid-wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan total centuries
Dhawan, who scored 98 (106) with the help of 11 fours and two sixes, has scored 17 ODI centuries till date. It is worth mentioning that Dhawan’s last ODI century had come against Australia during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at The Oval. Dhawan, who also has seven Test centuries under his belt, has a total of 24 international centuries.
In what is a rare scenario for any batsman, Dhawan has scored just five ODI centuries at home. His remaining 12 ODI centuries have come outside of India which further speaks highly about his ability.
For 38 overs, Gabbar stamped his authority all over this innings 🔥
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In his last 10 ODI innings (dating back to June 2019), Dhawan has scored 551 runs at an average and strike rate of 55.10 and 94.51 respectively. In addition to a solitary century in this period, the 35-year old player also has four centuries to his name.