“He Doesn’t Get The Respect He Deserves,” Ravi Shastri On India Star
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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 is made of against the hosts as he smashed 72 in the first ODI, and shared a 124-run stand for the opening wicket with Shubman Gill. Ahead of the first ODI, Team India’s former head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on Dhawan, saying that the left-handed batsman didn’t get the appreciation he really deserved.
Speaking during Prime Video’s pre-match coverage for the first ODI, Shastri said: “He is very experienced. He doesn’t get the appreciation he deserves. To be honest, most of the spotlight is on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But when you look at his one-day cricket record, and you look at some of the innings that he has played against top teams in big matches, it is an outstanding record.”
“A left-handed batsman at the top makes a lot of difference. He is a natural stroke player, he has all the shots to counter class fast bowling, pulls, cuts and drives. Coming to bat, and I feel That his experience will come in handy here. There are a lot of talented youngsters around, but I think in this format of the game, his experience will be valuable,” he added.
In the 1st 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 good innings and in the end Washington Sundar’s 16-ball 37 not out helped India post 300-plus runs on the board.
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Both India and New Zealand will clash in the second ODI on Sunday.
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