File photo of Ravi Shastri© BCCI/IPL
Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan is currently leading Team India in the ongoing three match ODI series against New Zealand. The seasoned pro showed what he’s got against the hosts, as he struck a 72 in the first ODI to form a 124-run lead for the opening wicket alongside Shubman Gill. Ahead of the first ODI, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri praised Dhawan, saying the southpaw is not getting the accolades he truly deserves.
Speaking at Prime Video’s Pre-Match Coverage for the 1st ODI, Shastri said, “He is immensely experienced. He is not getting the accolades he deserves. To be honest, most of the spotlight is on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But if 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, that’s an excellent record.”
“Having a left-hander at the top makes a big difference. He’s a natural striker, he’s got all the shots for top-class fast bowling, the pull, the cut and the drive. He likes it when the ball is I think his experience comes from here will come in handy. There are a lot of talented youngsters around, but I think his experience in this form of the game will be of great value,” he added.
In the ongoing first ODI, Team India posted 306/7 in 50 overs after being asked to bat first.
Dhawan (72), Shreyas Iyer (80) and Shubman Gill (50) all played quality punches and in the end Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 37-run knock off 16 balls helped India put over 300 runs on the board.
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Both India and New Zealand will face off in the second ODI on Sunday.
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