Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan racked up a staggering match-winning knock to help his team register a convincing 7-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday. He composed a magnificent unbeaten innings of 97 runs off just 63 balls which consisted of 11 fours and 2 sixes. He totally played for his team as he never looked in a hurry to get to his maiden IPL century, which he eventually couldn’t get. Dhawan batted through the innings and fell just three runs short of becoming the fifth centurion of IPL 2019.
Dhawan states the importance of team goal
Dhawan was awarded with the Man of the Match award for his fantastic effort. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhawan revealed that he knew that his first T20 hundred was on the way, but reckoned that team goal is the most important factor. He mentioned that he was well aware of taking the single to refuse the hundred.
“I knew it could be my first T20 hundred, but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk,” said Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan had been out of form for quite a while and thus, the speculations of him being dropped from the Indian side for the upcoming 2019 World Cup also started doing the rounds on social media. But the senior Indian opener has ended all the rife by producing a sensational knock to announce his form arrival in IPL 2019.
“It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill,” he added.
I had to take the game deep
The senior opener further went on to state that he really enjoyed batting in the first six overs last night. He noted that it was very important for him stay till the end and take the game as deep as possible. During Delhi’s innings with the bat, DC batting pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a sensational 100-plus partnership. Pant played a quick-fire knock of46 runs which included 4 fours and 2 sixes.
“I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the last. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep. Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park,” concluded Dhawan.