What do you do when there are clouds of doubts over your place on the team; you are asked to lead the young side on the Caribbean tour? You shut down the critics by scoring runs with the bat. That is exactly what Shikhar Dhawan has done in the first ODI against West Indies. The left-handed southpaw played a brilliant knock to lead the Men in Blue from the front. However, the Indian skipper had to face the heartbreak as he missed the well-deserving century just by three runs.
On Friday, India are up against West Indies in the first game of the three-ODI series at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. The skipper alongside Shubman Gill provided the Indian team with a flying start. The duo added 73 runs in the first 10 overs without any damage.
Soon after, both openers completed their respective fifties. However, just when Shubman Gill was looking set for a century, he got run out courtesy of some sluggish running. Dhawan and Gill added 119 runs for the first wicket to provide India with a solid start.
Shikhar Dhawan narrowly misses out on a century
After the departure of Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer joined the skipper in the middle. Both batters kept the scoreboard ticking and stitched a brilliant partnership of 94 runs for the 2nd wicket. The left-handed opener was quickly moving towards a century but he fell agonizingly short by three runs.
In his attempt to send the ball to the boundary, Shikhar Dhawan played a cut shot in the air that was taken by Shamrah Brooks at the backward point off the bowling of Gudakesh Motie. The skipper departed for a well-made 97 runs off 99 deliveries, including 10 boundaries and three maximums.
The fans applauded Shikhar Dhawan for his enterprising knock and praised the veteran opener on Twitter.
Check out the best reactions here:
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) July 22, 2022
A great Captaincy knocked played by Shikhar Dhawan off 99 balls including 10 fours & 3 sixes with the SR of 97.98! He missed out from his Century but he were fabulous like always, we are super proud on you Gabbar. Well played @SDhawan25 🇮🇳💙#INDvWI | #ShikharDhawan | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ICA7nK9eFN
— Anjali ♡ (@imAnjalii718) July 22, 2022
Shikhar Dhawan departs after being short for just 3 runs for his century 🏏
— Arman Malik (@Armanmalik9582) July 22, 2022
— Pikky Ya France (@athleisure42) July 22, 2022
— The Cricket Followers (@cricfollowers_1) July 22, 2022
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— Rohit (@_rohit_45) July 22, 2022
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