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  1. The Indian cricket team has suffered a huge blow as their explosive batsman at the opening spot, veteran Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for the rest of the ICC World Cup 2019 with a fractured thumb. Although the southpaw struggled during Team India's warm up game against Bangladesh and the first official game against South Africa, Dhawan seemed to have found his mojo back against Aaron Finch's Australia. Having scored himself a massive 117-run innings despite getting a fractured thumb earlier in the game thanks to a Pat Cummins bouncer, the cricketer not only won the 'Man of the Match' award but also spearheaded the Men in Blue into winning one of the more challenging matches for the team during the ongoing world championship. Being ruled out of just a couple of matches in the initial days of the injury, Dhawan was seen sweating it out in the gym despite having a plastered thumb, with the aim of being 'ready to go' as soon as he is healed and make big runs for his nation. You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. ð Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone. ð pic.twitter.com/mo86BMQdDA — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 14, 2019 Unfortunately, due to a fracture being detected at the base of Dhawan's left thumb which will be in a cast for at least another month, the athlete is out of the World Cup . View this post on Instagram Official Announcement ð¢ð¢ @shikhardofficial ruled out of the World Cup ðð #TeamIndia #CWC19 A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 19, 2019 at 4:39am PDT Having said that, the team management of the Bleed Blue army were quick to officially announce youngblood Rishabh Pant as a replacement for the veteran in the Indian cricket squad just a couple of hours since Dhawan's oust was made public. View this post on Instagram An official request has been made to the ICC to replace Shikhar with @rishabpant #TeamIndia #CWC19 A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 19, 2019 at 5:34am PDT The team has decided to replace one lefty with another one. While KL Rahul will be opening alongside Rohit Sharma, Pant's role as a batsman is expected to take place at the highly controversial fourth spot of the Indian batting order. Controversial because of the level of talent that was competing for that spot. With masterful players like Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu whose sturdy nature when it comes to the 50-over format being overlooked, it was Pant's 'single-handedly-six-hitting' explosive batting style that seems to have attracted the selectors going further on this unbeaten World Cup 2019 journey. While Dinesh Karthik is still on the Indian roster (but not in the playing XI), Pant's call might just have brought the biggest heartbreak for Rayudu, who was initially dropped from the team to be replaced with a newcomer like Vijay Shankar. The fans of Indian cricket therefore tried their best to have an insight about Rayudu's feelings towards the latest developments. This is how they reacted on Twitter: #ShikharDhawan Reaction of ambati rayudu after the selection of rishabh pant pic.twitter.com/JY6Nx1CuLT — बहà¥à¤¤ पà¥à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ पास (@gareebnhiheapun) June 19, 2019 Ambati Rayudu just ordered 4D glasses to watch Rishabh Pant. #TeamIndia — Yash Sarvaiya (@blanketfight11) June 19, 2019 Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu right now ð#CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/qBeiHfvLtQ — शà¥à¤¤à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤®à¤°à¥à¤à¤¾ (@dubeyavish) June 11, 2019 After #ShikharDhawan injury... Rayudu: I Can Replace Rishabh Pant: pic.twitter.com/otAHgS579r — Engineer_हà¥à¤ (@black_snake10) June 11, 2019 After #RishabhPant replacing #ShikharDhawan in #CWC19 Ambati Rayudu be like: pic.twitter.com/WT8Ef4EUW4 — Mihir (@spndthriftbniya) June 19, 2019 When Rishabh Pant Gets That Most Important 3G Call From BCCI And Not Amabati Rayudu ð#CWC19 #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/Ls3KfZ68cO — Dr. Khushboo 𤭠(@khushi_kadri2) June 12, 2019 #shikhardhawan out of #CWC19 , Rishabh Pant will take his place . Meanwhile #rayudu to bcci : pic.twitter.com/rHAw8fyN6L — SatyaNarayana Perapu (@Satya_perapu) June 19, 2019 ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to fly out as standby for Shikhar Dhawan | Cricket News - Times of India Rayudu be like :~#NZvIND #INDvNZ #CWC19 https://t.co/v1q7LRkvKi pic.twitter.com/6kY8YW8XOz — मà¤à¤¾_kiya (@maza_kiya) June 12, 2019
  2. On Sunday, when the Indian cricket team faced off against Aaron Finch's Team Australia at The Oval in London, Virat Kohli's batting order showed its true potential with three batsmen scoring half-tons and Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan leading the charge from the front, scoring 117 in just 109 balls. After getting his thumb broken, thanks to a scary bouncer in the middle of his innings, Dhawan played through the excruciating pain of a broken bone to accomplish his third World Cup century that helped the Men in Blue establish a grand total of 352 runs in 50 overs. Once Dhawan was dismissed at the hands of Mitchell Starc in the 37th over, he rushed to the medical room where he was diagnosed with a fractured thumb and was asked to rest for the next two games. Eventually, the severity of the injury came to the fore which benched the athlete for at least two weeks. But the fighter in Shikhar Dhawan did not allow him to sit back and compromise on his fitness for long. Five days since the lefty broke his thumb, Dhawan was back in the gym, working on himself, making sure that he will be ready to serve his country in the blue uniform whenever the time comes. You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. ð Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone. ðpic.twitter.com/mo86BMQdDA — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 14, 2019 “You can make these situations your nightmare or use it (as) an opportunity to bounce back. Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone,” Dhawan wrote in the video caption on Twitter. That's what Shikhar Dhawan is all about. Bouncing back from an injury or bad form and returning to the pitch with a bang. That's what he has been doing for years and that's why we love the guy. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Team India's Gabbar.
  3. Winning two matches in as many outings, the Indian cricket team is undoubtedly in scintillating form in the ongoing ICC World Cup. Giving South Africa a run for their money and then, getting the better of Australia, the 'Men in Blue' are surely living up the reputation as one of the top contenders for the coveted title this year. But, after a fairly successful start in the tournament, the Indian team was dealt with a major blow after it was announced that Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for about two to three weeks owing to a hairline fracture on his left thumb. After some nervy starts, the Indian opener rediscovered his form on the back of a match-winning knock of 117 runs against Australia. And, his injury surely comes as a setback for both himself and his team. © Reuters In a bid to fill the void left by his injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to fly in swashbuckling Rishabh Pant to England but it's still not clear if the youngster will actually get a chance to break into India's playing XI anytime soon. On the other hand, the BCCI is keeping close tabs on Dhawan, who has been given a week to prove his fitness. It all seems like a bad dream for the Delhi batsman who is one of the most successful batsmen for India (with six hundreds) in ICC tournaments, only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. He may be down, but surely not out (just yet) - something Dhawan highlighted in his recent post on social media. Kabhimehekkitarah hum gulon se udtehain... Kabhidhuyeinkitarah hum parbaton se udtehain... Ye kainchiyaanhumeinudne se khaakrokengi... Ke hum paron se nahinhoslon se udtehain...#DrRahatIndori Ji pic.twitter.com/h5wzU2Yl4H — ShikharDhawan (@SDhawan25) June 12, 2019 In an inspirational tweet, the 33-year-old shared a verse from Dr RahatIndori's poem, signalling his intentions. "Kabhi mehek ki tarah hum gulon se udte hain...Kabhi dhuyein ki tarah hum parbaton se udtehain...Ye kainchiyaan humein udne se khaak rokengi...Ke hum paron se nahin hoslon se udte hain...#DrRahatIndori Ji," Dhawan tweeted. While fans hope Dhawan recovers in time to lead the charge for his team, Virat Kohli-led India will be eager to continue their fine run when they lock horns with New Zealand at Trent Bridge on 13th June.
  4. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for about two to three weeks due to an injury sustained on his thumb, due to a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile in India's second consecutive victory in this year's ICC Cricket World Cup. Dhawan went on to score a marvellously-paced century, being dismissed at a very well-made 117 from 109 despite playing through considerable pain. Reports have emerged claiming that the left-handed opener will not be available to play for the next three weeks due to the injury he sustained in the game. © Twitter/ICC A key player essential for the balance in the Indian top-order, Dhawan's absence will leave a gaping hole in the batting lineup for the Blues, as they look set to build on a remarkable start to the World Cup. The reactions have come pouring in from fans and experts alike and it is safe to say that he will be sorely missed for the rest of India's World Cup campaign. Breaking News: Shikhar Dhawan ruled out for at least three weeks with thumb fracture. ð² Me on Google: How to win multi national ICC tournament in England without #ShikharDhawan? — Durgansh Dixitð¨ð®ð³ (@DurganshDixit) June 11, 2019 Dhawan's injury is a huge blow to India. Rahul is an excellent player & should move up to open but he has not got the pedigree of Dhawan who is one of the world's best openers. His absence will make India a lot more vulnerable in P1 - the foundation of their success. #CWC19 — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 11, 2019 India's entire strategy is built on the strength of their top three. Shikhar Dhawan's injury - if he's out for the whole tournament - is enormous. Who replaces him as opener is the biggest decision India's selectors have had to make in years. #CWC19 — Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) June 11, 2019 Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey & Prithvi Shaw outside the BCCI Headquarters after #ShikharDhawan is ruled out from the world cup due to thumb injury.#CWC19 #WorldCup2019 @DennisCricket_ pic.twitter.com/hlhCS9qjjr — Bilal Shahid (@BilalShahidRana) June 11, 2019 Rohit Sharma Right now #ShikharDhawan pic.twitter.com/8ZrzfURsBe — Kabiraa (@being_kabir) June 11, 2019 As India's stand-bys, Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant look set to join the Indian cricket team in England for the rest of the campaign as KL Rahul is widely expected to fill Dhawan's position as opener alongside Rohit Sharma. Having answered all his critics with a brilliant century against one of the stronger teams in the World Cup, Dhawan's absence can prove to be a massive blow for India's bid to bring home the World Cup this year.
  5. Going into the ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team was tipped as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy in England & Wales this year. Staying true to their reputation, Team India made their intentions pretty clear by defeating the likes of South Africa and Australia to post consecutive wins in the ongoing tournament. Apart from their victories, it's the domination of the Indian team in almost all facets of the game that has allowed them to establish themselves as serious contenders this year - something that was validated by Michael Vaughan after their triumph over Australia. But, just when you thought all was going well, the 'Men in Blue' were dealt a major blow after the disclosure of Shikhar Dhawan's injury. The Indian opener, who rediscovered his form with a brilliant knock of 117 runs against Australia, has been ruled out for about two to three weeks owing to an alleged hairline fracture on his left thumb. The left-hander was struck on his left thumb by a Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer during India's 36-run win over Australia on 9th June. © Reuters The news has surely got the Indian team in a spot of bother. For a team that relies heavily on their top three, India will undeniably miss Dhawan at the top especially after his return to form following some nervy starts earlier. But, that's not the only thing that has got the Indian team management and selectors in a fix. Dhawan's absence is bound to disrupt Team India's batting line-up and team balance. His injury means that India will now have to find someone to replace him at the top while ensuring the middle-order stays intact. And, as the Indian selectors and team management consider viable options, the chorus on social media seems to be in support of Rishabh Pant. The Delhi batsman has been one of the finds for India in the past few months. His breathtaking strokeplay and aggressive batting style is not only capable of taking on the best bowling attacks, but also looks pleasing to the eye - something that has made him a fan-favourite in a short period of time. © Reuters But, despite his heroics on overseas tours and the IPL earlier this year, Pant was overlooked for Team India's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup - something that caused quite an uproar on the social media. Two matches into the World Cup, Dhawan's injury has got the Indian selectors facing a similar situation where the fans are gearing up to slam them if they overlook Pant again. But, is he worth it? Going by his form and ability with the willow, any team would be lucky to have a batsman as capable as Pant in their batting line-up. But, the current situation is not about Pant or his batting capabilities, it's about Team India and maintaining its balance. Don't agree? Allow us to help you understand. With Dhawan leaving a void at the top, the Indian team management is likely to push KL Rahul to the opening slot alongside Rohit Sharma - an obvious choice considering he's well acclimatised to the conditions. Now, Rahul's ascension in the line-up leaves the no. 4 slot vacant which holds key to Indian batting order's stability. © Reuters Now, Pant cannot just walk into the Indian team and open the innings. That's just too big a risk in a tournament of World Cup's stature. He can surely be vital for the middle-order, but being one-dimensional is not going to help his cause. With MS Dhoni being an immovable object in the wicket-keeping role, Pant cannot be included just for his batting skills. If you take a look at India's middle-order, the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are capable of contributing with both bat and ball. Thus, when it comes to finding a potential replacement following Dhawan's injury, Vijay Shankar, and not Pant, appears to be the perfect fit in relation to the team balance. Shankar is a versatile batsman who is capable of batting anywhere in the middle. He is more than capable of holding the fort at one end in case of a collapse, and his wide array of strokes adequately allows him to accelerate the innings at the death overs. And, that's not all. Shankar's inclusion in the Indian team will not only bolster their batting, but will also add teeth to their bowling line-up - something that has left Pant in the shadows lately. In case of a bad day for frontline bowlers, Shankar can ease the pressure off by bowling in some of his medium-paced deliveries and giving his captain an extra option with the ball. In all fairness, Pant is a cricketer Team India can surely use, but cannot afford owing to the team balance. And, right now, given the situation, India needs Shankar who doesn't just fit the bill, but can prove to be crucial in India's dreams of clinching their third World Cup title this year.
  6. For a team that was labelled as one of the top contenders in the tournament, the Indian cricket team has undoubtedly lived up to the billing on the back of clinical performances in their two matches so far at the ICC World Cup. The 'Men in Blue' began their campaign with a six-wicket triumph over South Africa, and then a 36-run victory over Australia highlighted their intent in the coveted tournament. If their consecutive victories weren't enough, the fact that Team India almost ticked all the boxes further bolstered their reputation as a champion side. Whether it was their spin bowling duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav or the seam bowling partners Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's bowling unit has managed to prove their mettle in the recent matches. © Reuters Similarly, in the batting department, the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan getting their respective hundreds in two matches and KL Rahul consolidating his position at the much-debated no. 4 slot, has made the Indian team a force to be reckoned with. But, cricket is a sport where one cannot take anything for granted - something that India and their fans realised recently. In what appears to be a major blow, Dhawan, who rediscovered his form with a 117-run knock against Australia, has been ruled out for about two to three weeks with an alleged hairline fracture on his left thumb. The Indian opener was hit by Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer during the clash against Australia. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to announce his replacement, the news of Dhawan's injury comes as a major let down for the Indian fans who expressed their views on the social media. While some wished the left-handed batsman a speedy recovery, others deemed Rishabh Pant as his ideal replacement. With Shikhar Dhawan injured, bring in Rishabh Pant. Making him open with Rohit Sharma, with a licence to go beserk!#CWC19 #CWC2019 — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 11, 2019 I want Rishabh pant in team — •RIYA•â¨ðð» (@chatty_gurl_) June 11, 2019 Wtf. Just Opened Twitter and saw Shikhar ruled out of the World Cup. ð­ It's a huge blow for India. I think they should call Rishabh Pant to play at 4 and let KL Rahul open. — Sharique ð (@ShariqueAghaz) June 11, 2019 We can always open with Rahul and call Rishabh Pant to bat at number 4. — Sanchit Gupta (@SanchitGupta8) June 11, 2019 Well Rishabh pant might get a chance — Dhaval prajapati (@Dhavalfreeman25) June 11, 2019 Rishabh pant be like...@BCCI ð pic.twitter.com/awmRdtuTYa — Ayan (@AyanViratians) June 11, 2019 Rishabh Pant right now.. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/e3mruSM0gP — Loveyouall_007 (@loveyouall_007) June 11, 2019 Rishabh pant have most probable chances because we don't have lefty's in lineup — Surya (@Surya__Speaks) June 11, 2019
  7. Apart from giving superheroes a reason to fight Thanos with all their might and 'Avenge the fallen', if there's anything else I remember 'Avengers: Infinity War' for, it's for giving me my favourite word 'crossover', which I use almost every other day for no reason whatsoever. Just like I used in this case, when I saw Ranveer Singh and Shikhar Dhawan doing the hookstep of 'Khalibali' from 'Padmaavat'. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Recently, Shikhar posted the video on social media. Reportedly, the two were at Mumbai's Mehboob Studio. He wrote, "Khoob Jamega rang, Jab ho Gabbar aur Khilji sang! Learning each other's moves." But, this is not the only gem we found. There's another video where the two recreate the iconic Gabbar Singh step from 'Sholay'. View this post on Instagram The incredible untold story of India's greatest victory! ðð 10th April 2020- Good Friday #Relive83 @83thefilm @kabirkhankk A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Apr 18, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT Honestly, it's a crossover for multiple reasons. First, the video has 'Gabbar and Khilji' dancing. Second, the video features reel-life Kapil Dev alongside Dhawan. If you didn't know why I called Shikhar 'Gabbar' earlier, you were probably living under a rock all this time. 'Gabbar' is his nickname. View this post on Instagram Khoob Jamega rang, Jab ho Gabbar aur Khilji sang! Learning each other's moves ;) A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Apr 24, 2019 at 9:58am PDT On the work front, reel-life Kapil Dev (we mean Ranveer) is busy training for his upcoming film '83' that is based on India's victory in the World Cup of 1983. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie also stars Saqib Saleem, Chirag Patil, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Pankaj Tripathy and Tahir Raj Bhasin among others.
  8. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  9. It was a bitter-sweet day for Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan yesterday when the batsman played the best T20 innings of his career, scoring 97 runs off just 63 balls but could not achieve his maiden century in this particular format of the game in a Delhi Capitals win against the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders, as his teammate and South African cricketer Colin Ingram decided to steal the show on the final moments of the matchup. Deciding to go for a maximum instead of letting his partner take the strike and try for his first T20, Ingram scored a total of 14 runs in just 6 balls sealing a seven-wicket victory for the Capitals. However, yet another highlight of the evening came after the match ended in favour of Delhi when the team's wicket-keeper and the official babysitting mascot of the name, Rishabh Pant was found chasing Shikhar's son Zoravar all around the green field of Kolkata's legendary Eden Gardens Stadium. The five-year-old seemed to be having the time of his life as Pant put a towel around him and began swinging him in a circular motion right next to the pitch. Dear @tdpaine36, Pls be careful next time you ask Rishabh Pant to babysit. ðð#KKRvDC pic.twitter.com/EQMIFgCwxo — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 12, 2019 Known for being absolutely fantastic around kids, the wicker-keeper-batsman has made a name for himself as a great babysitter ever since India's five-match Test series in Australia back in the final days of 2018, thanks to the extremely entertaining banter with the then Aussie skipper, Tim Paine. Adding to his narrative, Pant even posed with Paine's wife, Bonnie Paine and kids for a picture which would go viral for all the right reasons in the coming days. Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?" *Challenge accepted!* ð¶ (ð¸ Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT — ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019 Watching the cricketer get along with Dhawan's son so well, the Indian fans of the game reacted with extreme joy: ððððððð perfect babysitter — Geetika ðð(@Geetikatuli) April 12, 2019 Abbe bs kr bhai. Gabbar k bete k sath pange mt le 𤣠— Aadi Sharma ð®ð³ (@aadisharma1900) April 12, 2019 Aur bulawo best babysitter. — chiku (@sjchiku) April 12, 2019 The best babysitter in the world isn't for everyone ðð — Dhananjay Saxena (@DhananjaySaxena) April 13, 2019
  10. After a really long time, we got an opportunity to watch the Indian opener play his kind of game in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League in the matchup between Dinesh Karthik's Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and his Delhi Capitals (DC) in a charge led by the youngster, Shreyas Iyer on Friday. Playing his best innings in the T20 format of the game, 'Gabbar' hit 11 fours and two sixes to build a career-best individual score of 97 runs in just 63 balls as he played a major role in Delhi Capitals' fourth victory of the season. With enough runs to make and enough deliveries left in hand, Dhawan found himself on the non-striker's end, with the thought of celebrating his maiden T20 century visible in his eyes clear as day, when his teammate and South African batsman Colin Ingram edged the ball for a four off the second delivery of the 19th over of KKR's bowling before managing a couple of singles in the following two deliveries. With only five runs needed, you'd imagine the Proteas hitter to make an effort to give the strike to the Indian southpaw. Alas, on the final ball of the 19th over, Ingram opened his bat and sent one flying over long on for a maximum, winning the game in great fashion while also becoming a party pooper for Dhawan's century dream. Evidently, Gabbar's fans did not take nicely to Ingram's heroics and let him hear it on social media: #KKRvsDC Colin Ingram: Sorry mate,Team comes First.. Dhawan: Yes of course..!! pic.twitter.com/ec7XcvW7ym — Jaimin Morbia (@jaimeme_morbia) April 12, 2019 Shikhar Dhawan fans waiting for Colin ingram pic.twitter.com/EwF4Fmzt0m — Shantanu kashyap (@Memeboishantanu) April 12, 2019 Shikhar dhawan waiting for Colin Ingram in dressing room @SDhawan25 #VIVOIPL #IPL2019 #KKRvsDC #KolkataKnightRiders #DelhiCapitals #Ingram #century pic.twitter.com/FlS5X0tav3 — Laxmikant (@Laxmika39545440) April 13, 2019 Kanipisthe narikaistha.... Brilliant come back Meanwhile Shikhar Dhawan showing his score to Colin Ingram who stole his century. #KKRvDC #DCvKKR pic.twitter.com/3kXrfy710l — Current babu (@currentbabu) April 12, 2019 #DCvKKR Shikhar Dhawan to Ingram after the match ð#IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/NXo0UCUKSk — Ajay Kamath (@confusedsparrow) April 12, 2019 Shikhar Dhawan to Colin Ingram after Ingram hit that six pic.twitter.com/nK7TAdQ0MX — Vishesh Arora (@vishesharora19) April 12, 2019 Meanwhile Shikhar dhawan on ingram 6 ðððpic.twitter.com/VGYa61erqF — vikram singh (@Vikram1368vikki) April 12, 2019 While being awarded the Man of the Match for a brilliant knock, Dhawan did express that the idea of a ton existed at the back of his head but did not fail to mention that winning the game for his team was of utmost importance for him. “I knew it could have been my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important and so I took that single rather than taking a big risk,” Dhawan said during the post-match presentation. After winning four of their first seven games, Delhi Capitals are placed fourth on the league's points table and hope to get into the playoffs after having a disappointing season last year.
  11. After the first Hyderabad-based Indian Premier League franchise, the Deccan Chargers was terminated in 2012, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) rose from the ashes like a phoenix with new ownership, more money and a shiny new colour-scheme for their jersey. Having made their official debut in the 2013 season of the IPL, SRH have seen their fair share of ups and downs as a whole. Starting out strong, the squad went on to become one of the most successful teams that season as it qualified for the Playoffs under the captaincy of Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and India's Shikhar Dhawan. The roster went on to spiral down the points table in the next two seasons finding themselves to be the sixth best (or third worst) team of the league in 2014 and 2015. However, under the leadership of Aussie batsman David Warner, SRH reached their true potential in 2016. As Warner had his best season in the Indian Twenty20 league, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first of his squad to win the honorary Purple Cap for his distinguished bowling expertise that season. It was also the only season which brought the title to Hyderabad ever since the Deccan Chargers won it in 2009. In the 2018 season, SRH consisted of some world class talents in their corner. Even though David Warner was retained and appointed as the captain, he refused to accept this role after being found guilty of the infamous ball-tampering case in South Africa that summer. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) later disbarred Warner from participating in the league that season altogether. Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight. pic.twitter.com/GpYYLDLXeJ — David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 9, 2018 “Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight,” he tweeted ahead of his team's 2018 season-opening game against the reinstated Rajasthan Royals. The captaincy was then given to Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper who went on to have a brilliant batting season and ended up winning the Orange Cap whilst scoring 735 runs. The SunRisers went on to qualify for the Playoffs and into the final where they fought hard against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that had been reinstated following a two-year ban due to player-involvement in the 2013 IPL betting scandal. Following some excellent innings played by skipper Williamson and Yusuf Pathan, it was Chennai's Shane Watson who scored an unbeaten 117 runs to crush their dreams of winning another title as CSK won the final with eight wickets and nine balls to spare and lifted the cup for a record third time making them the most successful IPL team alongside Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. However, SRH's dedication and combined team-effort in the heartbreaking loss did gain high words of praise from the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar himself, who tweeted: Hard luck @SunRisers. You really played well, displayed quality team work and thoroughly deserved to be in the finals. You can proudly hold your heads high. pic.twitter.com/IWG7h9tGTb — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2018 Looking to get back to their winning ways in the twelfth season of the league, SunRisers Hyderabad spent a meagre Rs. 4.40 crores out of their budget of Rs. 9.70 crores in buying Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1cr), while retaining the main athletes from previous season like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, and Sandeep Sharma. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.
  12. Shikhar Dhawan's form these days is as unpredictable as the Delhi weather. One day runs come pouring in with Gabbar sending the ball racing for the boundary on every second delivery, the next day, he seems to lose all his talent and walks off the pitch with a duck. Shikhar Dhawan departs after a well made 143 #TeamIndia 254/2 after 37.4 overs pic.twitter.com/Ga8sTbCBYw — BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019 Regardless of the beauty of an innings that the Indian opener produced yesterday, the fact of the matter is that his undependable performances have left a bad taste in the mouth of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the team selectors. It has not only led to cricket pundits questioning his spot in the Indian roster for the ICC World Cup come May, but has also cost him a fortune, as he was demoted from the A+ Category to A Category, taking away Rs. 2 cr. from his annual pay cheque, according to the numbers recently released by the Indian cricket board. @bcci india's poor fielding once again lost the match for india. Once again it was shikhar dhawan who dropped a simple catch. — Joy Kumar Naskar (@JoyKumarNaskar7) March 10, 2019 After the disappointing loss yesterday, the southpaw dropped a potential game-winning catch in the final overs of the match following a drop by the bowling-all rounder Kedar Jadhav on the previous delivery. "First of all, I don't read newspapers and I don't take information which I don't want to. So I don't know what's happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going," the 33-year-old athlete told the media after the match, knowing that he would be criticised. On the other hand, while other players take the criticism and all the negative comments in the world way too seriously, it is somewhat important, rather necessary, to dust the dirt off and begin again. In a game as dynamic as cricket, form comes and goes with time. What keeps the player afloat is their ability to continue to do their thing no matter what. Tendulkar did it, Ganguly did it, Dhoni continues to do it on a regular basis. But time is of essence right now. With the World Cup just a couple of months away, Dhawan cannot afford to lose his game, especially when talented players like Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant are on standby and KL Rahul returning to his prime self steadily.
  13. Arguably one of the most feared openers in limited-overs cricket, Shikhar Dhawan has proved to be a vital cog for India while batting at the top in international cricket. The left-handed batsman, alongside Rohit Sharma, also forges a deadly opening pair that is more than capable of giving the opposition bowlers a run for their money. But, for someone who is bestowed with the responsibility of getting his team to a flying start, Dhawan has struggled to get going, let alone aid Team India with consistent knocks. If his last five One-Day International (ODI innings read: 1, 21, 0, 6 and 13, the fact that he hasn't scored a hundred in the 50-over format after 17 matches and nearly six months, goes on to highlight his misery. And, as India continue to find the right team balance ahead of the ICC World Cup, Dhawan's dip in form was a major concern for the selectors. In fact, Dhawan's inconsistency with the willow earned him a lot of flak and saw him getting demoted from an A-plus (Rs 7 cr) contract to an A (Rs 5 cr) grade category in the players' annual contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Twitter/@BCCI However, on 10th March, none of those things mattered as the left-handed batsman played one the best ODI knocks of his career. The 33-year-old smashed a blistering 143 runs off just 115 balls, including 18 fours and three sixes to power India to a formidable total of 358 runs during 4th ODI against Australia. It was Dhawan's 16th ODI hundred and third (in the 50-over format) against the Aussies. For someone who scored his last ODI hundred during the 2018 Asia Cup last September, Dhawan looked in ominous form right from the start as he hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park with relative ease. He also stitched a mammoth 193-run opening partnership with Rohit who missed out on a potential ton by a mere five runs. Twitter/@BCCI Dhawan was eventually bowled by Pat Cummins in the 38th over after his effort to heave the ball over midwicket failed miserably. Following his dismissal, the likes of Rishabh Pant (36), KL Rahul (26) and Vijay Shankar (26) all played a crucial role in ensuring India didn't lose momentum later in the match. While Dhawan would surely rue missing out on his 150, the Indian opener strokeful innings and return to form had the Indian fans lauding his effort. So happy for Shikhar Dhawan! He is a fantastic one day batsman and now he has got a big score under his belt. And yes, well done to the selectors for picking him this game. ðð#INDvAUS — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 10, 2019 This is simply sensational striking from Shikhar Dhawan. Only seeing the gaps, oblivious to the presence of fielders — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 Dhawan and Mohali. The story continues. Much needed century.... ðð #IndvAus — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019 Dhawan's preferred cricket: *ICC tournaments *Tests at Galle *Australia at Mohali #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 10, 2019 Century for @SDhawan25. Relief and joy for him, team managment and selectors — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019 Such a relief to see Shikhar among runs again. If he continues, Indian middle order will be in a very comfortable position! #INDvAUS @SDhawan25 — R P Singh रà¥à¤¦à¥à¤° पà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª सिà¤à¤¹ (@rpsingh) March 10, 2019 Love it when a player is under the microscope and he pulls out a gem of an innings. @SDhawan25 well batted. Australia have a fight on their hands tonight. #AUSvIND #cricket — Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 10, 2019 Well played @SDhawan25 Much awaited innings. Keep going. Onwards and upwards. #INDvsAUS — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) March 10, 2019
  14. During his early days, Shikhar Dhawan was busy plying his trade for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. The left-hander was busy honing his skills as a batsman and soon became a vital cog for his side in domestic cricket. While his batting prowess was gaining recognition, Dhawan's uncanny nature, clubbed with wit and humour, also entertained everyone around him. As his fellow players often recall, Dhawan was infamous for reciting the dialogues of Bollywood blockbuster 'Sholay' during the domestic matches which further saw him earning the nickname 'Gabbar'. For a man whose typical 'Kabaddi' celebrations are cheered by fans, Dhawan gave his followers another gem to cheer for on the social media. Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda. #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/bbGiRmM3ku — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 19, 2019 Staying true to his nickname, the Indian opener shared a video of himself where he was seen riding a horse around. "Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda. #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation," he captioned the video. While Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja reigns supreme when it comes to his love for horses, Dhawan's latest horse-riding video has also struck a chord with the fans. Wah gabbar ððð — Virat kohli FC ð®ð³ (@Virat18900) February 19, 2019 @SDhawan25 awesome ððððððð — Royal Jadeja (@Royal_Jadeja8) February 19, 2019 Gabbarð — ð²SHOAIBðð®ð³ (@mdshoai95140913) February 19, 2019 King comes in hours — Pavan Kumar naik (@PavanKu59985840) February 19, 2019 kali Ghori te duji much jatt di, ne vekh baliye aat kraundi!!!! Shaukeen Gabru @SDhawan25 — simarbahl (@simarbahl) February 19, 2019 Balle tere jatta Att Koka Super End Siraa Kaim — SK Sunny (@SKSunny62931957) February 19, 2019 Gabbar is in full form — Say Veer Gati, Not Shahidð®ð³ð (@SwadesiNri) February 19, 2019 Arey wahhhh jatt ji ðððððð — Hari Babu (@TARAKIAN111) February 19, 2019 Gabbar khush hua ðª Chak de india — Subrata Barman (@Subrata31378593) February 19, 2019 On the cricket front, Dhawan will need to pull up his socks when India take on Australia in two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 24th February.
  15. In what turned out to be one of the deadliest terror strikes in recent times, a 20-year-old suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) sent India and a billion citizens into a state of mourning after carrying out a ghastly strike that led to the demise of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in the Awantipora town of the Pulwama district, on 14th February 2019. While the horrendous attack has disrupted peace in the country, at the same time, it has united India against the common evil of terrorism. Amid the ever-growing calls for revenge, there has been continuous support for the grieving families who lost their loved ones in Pulwama. While Amitabh Bachchan has announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the slain CRPF jawans, Virender Sehwag offered educational support to their children. Joining the burgeoning list of benefactors, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also came forward to aid the troubled families as a mark of respect for the Indian soldiers. Taking to Facebook, Dhawan shared an emotional video where he was seen praising the CRPF martyrs for laying down their lives for the country. He also vowed to make a donation for the victims and their families while urging others to join the humanitarian cause. Apart from Dhawan, Faiz Fazal-led Vidarbha also made a heartfelt gesture towards the families of the martyrs by donating their prize money after winning the Irani Cup following their triumph over Rest of India.
  16. In the world of cricket, there's nothing better than the batsmen producing the sweet sound of the bat after hitting the ball in the middle and the bowlers sending the stumps cart-wheeling across the ground. And, the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and New Zealand in Wellington produced both of those things. The thunderous strokes of Tim Seifert had the entire Indian bowling running for cover early on. The 24-year-old, smashing a 43-ball 84, powered the hosts to a mammoth total of 219 and ensured the opposition bowlers couldn't catch a break. © Twitter If the youngster's brilliant batting display impressed the fans, Lockie Ferguson's speed and accuracy with the ball had the social media buzzing. The 27-year-old didn't get a chance to bat, but during India's run-chase, Ferguson played a key role for his side. Even before coming into the attack, Ferguson made his presence felt through a spectacular fielding effort that cut short Rohit Sharma's stay at the crease. Covering significant ground from deep square leg, Ferguson dived forward to pull off a brilliant catch that gave the hosts an early breakthrough. Woah. 150.8km Yorker by Ferguson #NZvIND #T20 @BLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/TUaggsrXMN — Bas Bolyn (@basbolyn) February 6, 2019 But, Ferguson's best came in the sixth over when he sent Shikhar Dhawan packing. The Indian opener was looking in ominous form and he had just smashed a boundary after slicing the ball over backward point. But, Dhawan had no answer for the next delivery. Exacting revenge, Ferguson bowled a searing 151 kmph, toe-crushing yorker that castled the stumps, much before Dhawan could react or do anything about it. The right-arm seamer struck again in the 18th over to dismiss Bhuvneshwar Kumar and finished his spell with impressive figures of 2-22 to help his side win the match by 80 runs, but his dismissal of Dhawan was arguably the one that struck a chord with cricket fans who were left in awe of the Kiwi paceman. Absolute peachð¥ð¥ð¥ — Daar Jamid(Úار جاÙد) (@DaarJamid) February 6, 2019 LOCKIE FERGUSON IS A CLASSICAL 90S BOWLER. OMGG INSANE STUFF! 151KMPH YORKER RIGHT AT THE MIDDLE STUMP!! WHACKK! #NZvsIND — . (@FerociousRipper) February 6, 2019 That was insane — S Randhawað (@Randhawa36_) February 6, 2019 Lockie Ferguson just out there bowling 150km+ rockets nearly every ball. — Tim Evans (@tjevans252) February 6, 2019 Fantastic delivery by Lockie Ferguson. Yorker bowled at 150km plus. #NZvIND — The Cricketeers (@cricketeersnz) February 6, 2019 Lockie Ferguson. 151 kph yorker right on Dhawans toe. Any batsmen would be defenseless and Gabbar wasn't that lockie. #NZvIND — cricBC (@cricBC) February 6, 2019 Woow What a Yorker At 151 To Dhawan... Great Fast BOwling From Lockie Ferguson ! — Mehran MANI (@ManiMehran14) February 6, 2019
  17. Team India claimed victory against New Zealand in the ODI series by 4-1, after winning the 5th ODI by 35 runs. India's victory filled the stadium with cheers for the team and Shikhar Dhawan concluded the celebrations in the coolest way possible. If India's victory on Kiwi soil after 10 years wasn't great enough, Shikhar Dhawan's dance just made it more special for everyone present on the ground and those watching it on TV. Twitter/ Circle Of Cricket Dhawan, who was also the second highest scorer after Ambati Rayudu in the series, was walking on the ground after the post-match presentation when he suddenly stopped and started doing the Bhangra on the beats of Bharat Army's dhol. Twitter/ Circle Of Cricket When you have the dhol playing in the background, how can anyone stop themselves from showing off their bhangra skills. #NZvIND @SDhawan25 dancing to the tune of the Bharat Army Dhol in Wellington! ð¥ ðº#BharatArmy #COTI ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/X5IaVEz9gp — The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) February 3, 2019 Well, all we can say is, 'Gabbar' is back.
  18. Seventeen years ago, a 19-year-old girl broke into the Indian women's Test side and a few months after her debut in the longest format, she gave everyone a glimpse of her capabilities with a staggering knock of 214 runs against England in Taunton. A lot of time has passed by since then, but the legend of Mithali Raj continues to grow. Ever since making her international debut in 1999, Mithali has established herself as India's most dependable batswoman, scoring runs in crunch situations and shattering one record after another. Apart from amassing runs for her side, Mithali is also bestowed with the responsibility of grooming young and upcoming members of Indian women's team. © Reuters One of the most diligent servants of Indian cricket, Mithali has played a pivotal role in the rise of the women's game in a country that has, for long, obsessed over their male counterparts. From shutting down sexist reporters to disapproving comparisons between male and female cricketers, the Indian captain (in Tests & ODIs) has helped her teammates in carving their own niche in a sport dominated by men. And, the fact that she recently became the first female cricketer to play 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the history of the sport, further decorated her illustrious career. For a cricketer of her repute, it's not really surprising to see Mithali enjoy unmatched popularity and fan-following. But, the Indian star looked elated after winning the heart of a youngster who became the latest addition to her long list of fans. View this post on Instagram @mithaliraj has a little fan #zoraverdhawan! One of my favourite pics and we always supporting the Women's Indian Cricket Team!!!!! #lovethispic #womenscricket #fan A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jan 30, 2019 at 4:27pm PST The 36-year-old, who is currently in New Zealand for their limited-overs series, seems to have found a fan in Shikhar Dhawan's son Zoravar. The experienced campaigner was snapped alongside her latest fan who was equally happy to meet his idol. Dhawan's wife Ayesha shared their photograph on Instagram with a caption that read: "@mithaliraj has a little fan #zoraverdhawan! One of my favourite pics and we always supporting the Women's Indian Cricket Team!!!!! #lovethispic#womenscricket #fan". After playing her part in India's 2-1 triumph in the recently-concluded ODI series, Mithali will now be eager to cater to her team's needs when they take on New Zealand in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series, slated to begin from 6th February in Wellington.
  19. Back in 2013, Shikhar Dhawan stunned all the spectators and commentators when he stroked his way to the fastest Test hundred by a debutant. Prior to that, the Delhi cricketer had spent eight years in the first-class cricket, patiently waiting for an opportunity to make his mark. For a man who was written off by almost everyone to get a national call-up, Dhawan has surely come a long way to become one of India's preferred openers across formats. Today, in partnership with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan has earned the tag of one of the most feared opening pair in limited-overs cricket. © Twitter From flaying those exquisite cover drives to effortlessly pulling the bowlers for a six, Dhawan has established himself as a pivotal member of the new-age Indian line-up. His batting prowess was in full display during the T20I series in Australia where his consistent performances also earned him the 'Man of the Series' honour. Carrying his blistering form to New Zealand, the 33-year-old was seen playing his shots with relative ease during India's chase of 157 runs at the McLean Park in Napier. The Indian opener continued his fine run, bringing up his 26th ODI fifty in the 23rd over. And, en route his half-century, Dhawan also added another feather to his cap as he reached 5,000 runs in the 50-over format. © Twitter In the process, Dhawan became the second fastest Indian to achieve the milestone. The Indian batsman took 118 innings to bring up his 5,000 ODI runs, beating Sourav Ganguly who took 126 innings to get there. Dhawan is also levelled with West Indian legend Brian Lara who also reached his 5,000 ODI runs in 118 innings. ð¨ MILESTONE ALERT ð¨ Shikhar Dhawan becomes the second fastest Indian to 5,000 ODI runs in the first ODI against New Zealand.#NZvIND LIVE ð https://t.co/Wslkq5ocbd pic.twitter.com/p7nNkSsNoz — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 While Virat Kohli continues to be the fastest Indian to the 5000-run mark as he achieved the feat in 114 innings, Hashim Amla leads the overall list as he took just 101 innings to reach the milestone. At the time of writing this article, India were cruising in their run-chase at 123/1 in 26 overs with Dhawan (60) and Kohli (41) forging a partnership out in the middle.
  20. Following their historic outing in Australia, the Indian cricket team is all set to embark on a new challenge before they head to England for the all-important ICC World Cup. The Virat Kohli brigade will now travel to New Zealand where they'll lock horns with the Kiwis in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series. And, as the Indian team gears up for their first clash, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has given a glimpse of how he is preparing for the upcoming tour. Taking to Instagram, the Delhi cricketer shared a video of himself sweating it out in the gym. The left-hander was seen pulling off dead-lifts and back row during a training session. While 'Gabbar' was making the most of the team's training session, his teammates Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal were seen mocking the opening batsman with their dance moves in the background. View this post on Instagram No shortcuts to hardwork! Only hardwork can make success look easy. #success #hardwork #mehnat #noshortcuts #MondayMotivation A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jan 20, 2019 at 9:14pm PST On the cricket front, Dhawan had a pretty decent tour of Australia. His batting prowess was in full display during the three-match T20I series where he was also adjudged the 'Man of the Series'. However, the left-hander, despite getting some starts, couldn't replicate his success in the ODI series. Exercising with such power and intensity, Dhawan seems to have set his sight on tearing the Kiwis bowling line-up apart when Team India takes on New Zealand in the 1st ODI at the McLean Park on 23rd January.
  21. Often labelled as one of the most exciting and fiery draws in international cricket, the Super Four clash between India and Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup on 23rd September, failed to live up to the expectations, just like it did in the group stage earlier. Expected to be a livewire, Sunday's clash was nothing more than a damp squib. After a dismal show in the group-stage tie, the Pakistani cricket team was expected to take the field against India with more vigour, but it soon turned out to be yet another mediocre performance by Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys. Failing to negate the Indian bowlers, Pakistan crawled their way to a below-par total of 237 runs. And, while defending their score, Pakistan ran into the formidable opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who ensured India didn't break a sweat to secure an emphatic nine-wicket win. Making a mockery of Pakistan's bowling attack, Rohit and Dhawan looked in majestic touch during their record-breaking 210-run opening stand, that laid the foundation of India's triumph in Dubai. Arguably one of the most prolific opening pairs in the modern era, Rohit and Dhawan eclipsed the 201-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag (against New Zealand in 2009) to register the highest opening stand by an Indian pair in run-chases. © Reuters It was India's biggest opening partnership against Pakistan in ODIs. The opening pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar previously held that record for their 159-run stand recorded in 1998. When it comes to the Asia Cup, the partnership between Rohit and Dhawan was also the highest opening stand in the history of the tournament. While Dhawan played a blistering knock of 114 runs before eventually being run-out in the latter stages of the game, Rohit remained unbeaten on 111 runs and cruised the Indian ship to a convincing victory. Though the Indian bowlers proved pivotal in the match, it was undoubtedly the 'Hitman & Gabbar Show' that completely nullified Pakistan. Ravi Shastri presents the Hitman & Gabbar Show. What happens when coach @RaviShastriOfc turns presenter and does a rendezvous with captain @ImRo45 & @SDhawan25 ? You wouldn't want to miss this - by @28anand ð¹ð¹https://t.co/M8N2oSkwhN pic.twitter.com/gkP4PaKDQJ — BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2018 But, giving India a flying start and hitting the opposition bowlers to all ends of the ground isn't the only thing that this Indian pair is good at. Batting together at the top for India over the years, Rohit and Dhawan share a good rapport and complement each other both on and off the field. Following their triumph over arch-rivals Pakistan, the Indian openers were seen engrossed in a candid chat with coach Ravi Shastri. In a video shot by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Shastri switched his role from being a coach to a presenter, as Rohit and Dhawan revealed inside secrets about each other. © Twitter/@BCCI The prolific form of Rohit and Dhawan has been pivotal in India's unbeaten run at the Asia Cup. While Dhawan has amassed 327 runs including two hundreds in four games, Rohit has slammed 269 runs including two fifties and a ton in the tournament. And, the fact that these two batsmen currently lead the list of top run-getters in this year's Asia Cup goes on to show how good they have been for India. The two marauding openers will once again be expected to carry the baton for India when they take on Afghanistan on 25th September. Having decimated Pakistan, Team India has virtually secured their berth for the tournament's final which is scheduled to take place on 28th September..
  22. The highlight of the first day of the fifth test match between England and India was not a good catch or a shot of a six, but it was Shikhar Dhawan's impromptu Bhangra that took the 'desis' around the world by storm. Amidst the ongoing match at the Oval, Dhawan joined his cheering fans and decided to just show his Bhangra skills on the field. #ENGvIND Another amazing day of Test Cricket at the Oval - we even got the legend @SDhawan25 to do some Bhangra to our Dhol. #COTI ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/fMKUnXfpdn — The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) September 7, 2018 Dhawan's dance moves lighted up the stadium and when one Punjabi starts dancing, can another stop? No! Harbhajan Singh, who was in the commentary box, joined him and decided to dance in his seat as well. .@BumbleCricket does Bhangra - with some help from @harbhajan_singh! Join us for live coverage of day two of the fifth #EngvInd Test from 10am. D1 highlights: https://t.co/CRm6LBC6dz pic.twitter.com/uanlLK4thm — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 7, 2018 Needless to say, fans were elated about it. Shikhar Dhawan doing bhangra at third man... shows how upbeat this Indian team is despite losing the series........!!! #ENGvIND — Ur-wish (@uvi_devil2003) September 7, 2018 At Oval Cricket Ground, day 1 of England v India 5th test. Highlight of the day was @SDhawan25 obliging fans requests to “Shiker do the Bhangra” pic.twitter.com/Nf7IZGYmlE — Arjuna Thirunathan (@a20rju) September 7, 2018 That Bhangra dance from Shikhar just besides the boundary tells you the story of the whole day!@SDhawan25 #Gabbar #INDVENG #ENGvIND #TeamIndia — Keshav (@keshav4384) September 7, 2018 Great Bhangra in the Comm box paaji phatte chak ditte. @harbhajan_singh and great as well on the field @SDhawan25 — Jasdeep Singh (@JassiYuvian12) September 7, 2018 Well, like they say, you can take a Punjabi out of Punjab but you can't take Punjab out of a Punjabi! Also, we wonder if his favourite song is 'London Thumakda'?
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