Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was instrumental in the final T20 International game between India and the West Indies at MA Chidamabaram stadium in Chennai. The leftie played a pivotal knock of 92 of 62 deliveries and was involved in a 130 run stand along with 21 year old Rishabh Pant who scored a supportive 58 of 38 in what was his maiden fifty, in the colored jersey for India.
Shikhar Dhawan complimented Pant’s belligerence with the bat which helped him to ease off from the other end. He also spoke about how unbothered he was with what the critics had to say about his form throughout the ODIs.
“It was a good match. We lost two early wickets, and I knew I had to stay at the crease. Rishabh played well, tremendous partnership between us. He batted really well. I knew he was going after the bowlers so I took a backseat and then I joined the party after he hit a few huge sixes. It doesn’t matter to me what people say, and I just back myself and back my game,”
Shikhar Dhawan’s knock of last evening guided him past 1000 runs in a calendar year in the shortest format of the game, and rightfully earned him the player of the match award in the final T20I. Dhawan has been an integral part of the top three, along with captain and vice captian, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who have more often than not done the heavy lifting for India in terms of runs scored and hundreds made in the past couple of years in the limited format.
India’s top three will be seen in action once again in the nation down under as they tour to Australia, and begin their campaign starting November 21 with the three match T20I series, followed by the all important four Tests, later to be concluded by the three One Day Internationals.
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