Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian opener, played yet another top-class knock in the ongoing second ODI against Australia in Rajkot. Unfortunately, the talented cricketer once again missed out on a well-deserved century.
Asked to bat first, the Indian cricket team kickstarted the game with a bang. The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan brought the much-needed momentum to the game in the beginning.
While Rohit Sharma went out a bit early after playing 44 balls only, where he scored 42 runs and smashed 6 fours. On the other hand, Dhawan stayed there and gave company to the Indian skipper in taking the numbers on the scoreboard a bit higher.
Shikhar Dhawan smashed the Australian bowlers to all the corners of the ground and kept everyone on the edge of their seats throughout his knock. However, Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t complete a century as he fell short of four runs. He was dismissed after scoring 96 runs off 90 balls, where he smashed 13 fours and 1 six at the strike rate of 106.67.
In the first ODI against Australia, Shikhar Dhawan gave a stunning performance to shut all his criticizers up. He scored 52 runs off 36 balls. Earlier Shikhar Dhawan was receiving a lot of criticism for his strike rate and poor performance, however, with his back-to-back brilliant performances, Shikhar Dhawan has impressed one and all, and has justified his spot in the Indian squad.
As soon as his knock came to an end, Twitter was already flooded with praises for the performance of the cricketer. Netizens felt bad after Dhawan missed out on a well-deserved century.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on Shikhar Dhawan’s performance:
Shikhar Dhawan misses out on a well-deserved century, departs for 96.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 17, 2020
— #PantFC Samagra Adhikari (@samagra_1) January 17, 2020
Dhawan hits it straight to Starc on the rope!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2020
— V I P E R™ (@Offl_TheViper) January 17, 2020
Strokeful 96 from @SDhawan25. Unfortunate not to get century. From India’s point of view, sort of setback as this happened when Dhawan was cutting loose. India’s aim will be to get around 350 on this batting beauty of a pitch. Possibleif Kohli bats through from here
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 17, 2020
Shikhar Dhawan's last 5 innings against Australia:
Runs – 442.
Average – 88.04.
Strike Rate – 99.93.
Hundreds – 2.
Fifties – 2.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 17, 2020
— Subham (@subhsays) January 17, 2020
India lose there second wicket
Shikhar Dhawan out for 96 just 4 short of hundreds.
Kohli is still batting
— Vaibhav (@vibzievv) January 17, 2020
— Sir Jadeja Fan (@SirrrJadeja) January 17, 2020
Second fifty of this #INDvAUS ODI series for India opener Shikhar Dhawan !
— Eye On Sports (@eyeonsportz) January 17, 2020
— 🇮🇳Ramakrishnan R🇮🇳 (@RKSD03Ro45) January 17, 2020
— Cricket Beamer (@CricBeamer) January 17, 2020
— thecheese01 (@thecheese01) January 17, 2020
— ᴅɪᴠʏᴀ ᴀʀᴊᴜɴ~ദിവ്യ 💫🎄 (@DivzArjun) January 17, 2020
— Mangalam Maloo (@blitzkreigm) January 17, 2020
Awful and Poor!
Thala is definitely not pleased with Dhawan's horrific display of 52(36).
— Thala Academy (@ThalaAcademy) January 10, 2020
— JonitRao (@JonitRao) January 17, 2020
— Manish Pandey🏏 (@IManish311) January 17, 2020
What a top quality knock from Dhawan. Deserved the hundred. Well played 👏👏 #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 17, 2020