Dhawan’s batting reminds me of his Under-19 days: VVS Laxman
Delhi Capitals’ opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been in sensational form at the moment. The way he has shown a great sense of calmness and composure in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League makes him a class apart from most other batsmen in the DC line-up.
The southpaw currently holds the Orange Cap in the ongoing season as he aggregated as many as 186 runs from 3 games at an outstanding batting average of 62 and an imperious strike rate of 163.2.
The flamboyant left-handed batsman was adjudged the man of the match in both the games DC have won this season. Dhawan is also the only player to hit back-to-back centuries in the IPL, an incredible feat which he achieved in the previous season at the United Arab Emirates.
Not many know that he was the highest run-scorer in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup and also won the Player of the Tournament award. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman spoke about Dhawan while writing in his column for The Times of India.
VVS Laxman heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan’s performances in the ongoing season. SRH mentor added that Dhawan’s incredible batting exploits with DC remind him of the southpaw’s Under-19 days when he used to “aggressive” and “fearless”.
SRH mentor went on to term Dhawan and AB de Villiers as the two best performers in this season so far. “The tournament is a great stage to showcase professionalism and the relentless pursuit of excellence, as exemplified by two very senior and sincere batsmen.
Shikhar Dhawan and AB de Villiers have been outstanding for their franchises so far. At the moment, Delhi Capitals’ opener Dhawan tops the list of run-getters this season with 186 runs in three matches at a strike rate of 163.15 and a highest of 92.”
“Starting from last year’s IPL, these last eight months or so is the best I have seen Shikhar bat in T20 cricket. It reminds me of his Under-19 and India A days when he was fearless, aggressive and took the fight to the bowlers from the beginning,” Laxman said.
Laxman further added saying that Dhawan has always been a quick learner. “Shikhar has been playing international cricket for more than a decade and is 35, but he is a shining example of the truism that the learning process never ends. By his own admission, he went back to the drawing board to reinvent himself as a T20 batsman a couple of years back. That’s a wonderful attitude to possess.
The first step towards getting better is acknowledging that there is room for improvement. In Shikhar’s willingness to put in the hard yards and not rest on his laurels is a great lesson for youngsters, not just from Delhi Capitals, but across the T20 landscape,” the former Indian cricketer added.