Shikhar Dhawan has recently become a sensation in the IPL 2020 tournament. He is one of the key batsmen of Delhi Capitals. He has proved his might as a batsman on the crease by scoring 101 off just in 58 deliveries which greatly helped the Delhi Capitals chase down 179 runs, a target put forward by Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah. Shikhar Dhawan, a left-hander batsman, contributed 55% of his team’s total runs. He was so well in the form that he smashed 14 fours and one six during his match-winning innings.
Dhawan’s performance in half of the tournament was not very promising. His scoring was 26 in 16 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored 35 off 27 deliveries against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the given chase was 162- run, and Delhi Capitals lost the match by 15 runs. Dhawan made 35 off 27 deliveries against Chennai Super Knights. He was out on duck while playing against Kings XI Punjab, against Royal Challengers Bangalore he just scored 32 off 28 and the worst was 5 off 4 against Rajasthan Royals. His aggregate scoring was 132 runs in 108 deliveries. He might have been playing in the shadow of splashy Prithvi Shaw. But, after the dismissal of Shaw; there was seen a drastic change in the game of Dhawan. It might have motivated him to become an aggressor than to play a safe game.
The team’s view
The team found a new Dhawan, he started showing taking initiative, took calculated risks, he seemed to be intent, he played with all his might, he was not scared to face the bowlers. He gave a significant performance in the last three matches. From an accumulator, who looked to be confused and seemed to play within himself changed to be an aggressor? However, there was a change in the batting positions against the Mumbai Indians. Ajinkya Rahane was sent in at number three position; it proved to be a trigger for Dhawan. He became the top scorer for Delhi Capitals with an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls that includes his 6 fours and a six. The DC could not claim the victory, but it was a fabulous return of Dhawan in IPL 2020.
The same pattern was followed against the match with the Royals, after losing the wicket of Shaw off the first ball; Dhawan did not lose any chance to attack the bawling and was the top scorer for his team. He made 57 off 33 deliveries with 6 fours and 2 sixes. Delhi Capitals gave a chase of 161 runs to the Royals and restricted them to 148 for 8 and won the match.
Dhawan’s approach in IPL 2020 is not dissimilar to IPL 2019. He did not have a great start in the previous tournament. He aggregated 299 runs at a striking rate of 151.01 in the latter half of IPL 2019. It may be that Dhawan takes time to settle in; there may be some motivation that helps him to become a stroke- player from an accumulator. The reason may be any Dhawan’s transformation will certainly help the Delhi Capitals in the longer run.