Cricket World Player of the Week - Shikhar Dhawan
Delhi Capitals' good run in IPL 2021 has been headlined by Shikhar Dhawan's consistent and quick starts.
Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the Indian T20I side after just one opportunity in the recently-concluded five-match series between India and England. The general feeling was that he takes a lot of time to get going, which is not ideal in the shortest format of the game.
Especially with him opening alongside Rohit Sharma, who is a very similar player, it was putting a lot of pressure on the Indian middle order to accelerate. KL Rahul, who was given a run in his place, could not do well either and was finally dropped for the last match of the series.
However, Shikhar Dhawan bounced back in style, just missing out on a well-deserved century in the first ODI against England.
He has now kicked off IPL 2021 in fine fashion. Dhawan is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 186 runs at a strike rate of 163. He has struck 24 fours and 4 sixes.
Apart from the runs, what is striking is the way he is getting off the blocks quickly and being inventive. Dhawan said after Delhi Capitals' recent victory over Punjab Kings that he was not afraid to be innovative and lose his wicket in the process, which is what has made all the difference.
If Dhawan carries on in this fashion, the Indian team management will certainly have some headaches ahead of the T20 World Cup. The southpaw has done his best to reclaim his spot in the Indian T20I playing XI at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma.
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