Twitter reactions on Shikhar Dhawan’s 16th ODI century: Twitter was elated as the opening batsman played a magnificent innings.
During the fourth ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India at Mohali, India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th ODI century to find form after a continual lean patch in ODI cricket.
Coming on the back of almost being left out from the playing XI ahead of this match, Dhawan made optimum use of the opportunity given to him. Dhawan’s innings would have most likely come as a respite for the team management for he is a vital cog in the wheel going into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Opening the batting with vice-captain Rohit Sharma, the duo shared a 193-run opening stand. It was the southpaw who took on the mantle against Australia’s new-ball bowlers. With Sharma taking his time initially, it was Dhawan who played all-round the ground.
India had scored 58-0 in the first powerplay. With Dhawan scoring 42* (34), it speaks highly about the southpaw’s domination from the word go. On the first ball of the 14th over, Dhawan scored a boundary off Australia fast bowler Jhye Richardson to bring up his half-century.
Dhawan’s journey from converting his half-century into a century might have looked to come at a slower rate but it wasn’t really the case. It was at this time that Sharma had pressed the accelerator and hence outdid Dhawan for a brief period.
On the last delivery of the 32nd over, Dhawan paddled Adam Zampa for another boundary to bring up his century. The shot was soon followed by the archetype Gabbar Celebration.
How Twitter reacted:
Dhawan’s preferred cricket:
*Tests at Galle
*Australia at Mohali #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 10, 2019
De Kock went 17 Odi innings without a 100
Dhawan went 17 Odi innings without a 100
— Vidhu Pal (@vidhu_pal) March 10, 2019
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 10, 2019
Iss jaat da koi muqabla nahi 🤙
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 10, 2019
Dhawan and Mohali. The story continues. Much needed century…. 👏👏 #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019
Well played @SDhawan25 💯👏🏻👏🏻
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 10, 2019
Century for @SDhawan25. Relief and joy for him, team managment and selectors
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019
Here comes the 16th ODI Century for Daddy D ✌️✌️. What a knock this has been by @SDhawan25 👏👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019
Interesting that Dhawan’s strike rate tends to plateau while Rohit starts slow and picks up through the middle overs. Just gone past Dhawan (on SR) who had a head start
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019
Very good partnership Dhawan and Rohit Sharma and wonderful century Shikhar Dhawan Gabbar is back
— Raza Rizvi (@RazaRiz52148035) March 10, 2019
Most ODI 100s by an Indian opener
45 – Sachin
20 – Rohit
19 – Sourav
16 – Dhawan*
14 – Sehwag
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 10, 2019
Most Opening 100s Partnership In Odi
Sachin & Ganguly – 21
Gilchrist & Hayden – 16
Rohit & Dhawan – 15*
Greenidge & Haynes – 14
Sachin & Sehwag – 12
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) March 10, 2019
Fastest to 10,000 runs in List A cricket:
219 innings – Virat Kohli
225 innings – AB de Villiers
239 innings – SHIKHAR DHAWAN
240 innings – Jacques Rudolph#INDvAUS
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) March 10, 2019
Before getting out in the 38th over, Dhawan ended up scoring his career-best ODI score, 143 (115), with the help of 18 fours and three sixes. Hailing him as an “important player“, India Batting Coach Sanjay Bangar was vocal about Dhawan during the post-match press conference after the third ODI.