It seems crazy to think that a few weeks ago, many people were questioning Shikhar Dhawan’s inclusion in the Champions Trophy squad. In all fairness, Dhawan was having a very poor run of form before the IPL. But he struck form with Sunrisers Hyderabad and eventually made his way into the squad. And now he enters the record books, as Shikhar Dhawan breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s ICC tournament record.
Dhawan has scored fifties in all three innings of the tournament so far, which included a hundred against Sri Lanka. After today’s knock against South Africa, Dhawan has scored 634 Champions Trophy runs in eight innings.
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In addition to the 412 ICC World Cup runs, Dhawan has now crossed the 1000 run mark in the ICC tournaments. Dhawan became the 6th Indian and 35th player overall to cross this landmark.
Dhawan also became the fastest Indian to cross the 1000 run mark, as he did it in just 16 innings. The previous record was held by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who had crossed the landmark in 18 innings.
Mark Waugh, Saurav Ganguly and Herschelle Gibbs come next as all three of them took 20 innings to score 1000 ICC tournament runs.
While this record will mean a lot to Dhawan, the fact that India qualified to the semi finals will be the most satisfying thing for the Delhi batsman. India had to win their match against South Africa, which they did in some style by 8 wickets.
Now their attention will move to the semi finals, where Dhawan will be expected to perform once again for his side.