File photo of Ravi Shastri© BCCI/IPL
left-handed drummer Shikhar Dhawan is currently leading the Indian team in the ongoing three-game ODI series against New Zealand. The seasoned pro showed what he was made of against the hosts, as he shot 72 in the first ODI and formed a stand of 124 for the opening wicket alongside Shubman Gill. Ahead of first ODI, ex-Team India head coach Ravi Shastri praised Dhawan, saying the southpaw isn’t getting the accolades he really deserves.
Speaking on Prime Video’s pre-match coverage for the 1st ODI, Shastri said: “He’s got a lot of experience. He’s not getting the accolades he deserves. To be honest, most headlights are on. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But when you look at his one-day cricket record, and you look at some of the innings he’s played against top teams in big games, it’s an outstanding record.”
“A southpaw at the top makes a big difference. He’s a natural shot player, he’s got all the shots for fast counter-class bowling, pulling, cutting and driving. He likes when the ball is coming in at the stick, and I think his experience will come in handy here. There are a lot of talented youngsters, but I think in this format of the game his experience will be invaluable.”
In the current first ODI, Team India posted 306/7 from 50 overs after being asked to strike first.
Dhawan (72), Shreyas Iyer (80) and Shubman Gill (50) all played quality shots and in the end, Washington SundarThe undefeated 37-point 16-ball shot helped India to over 300 points on the board.
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India and New Zealand will face off in the second ODI on Sunday.
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