3 Reasons why Shikhar Dhawan’s injury is a massive blow to India
India will hope that their swashbuckling opener is back to full fitness as soon as possible.
Published - Jun 12, 2019 11:34 am | Updated - Jun 12, 2019 11:34 am
Shikhar Dhawan has been an integral part of India’s limited-overs set-up for over six years now. It had all started in the Champions Trophy back in 2013 where he was the Player of the Tournament. Since then he’s never looked back and has been India’s first choice opener in limited-overs cricket.
Dhawan started this World Cup with a low score against South Africa but scored a match-winning ton against Australia. However, during his innings against the Aussies, he was struck on his thumb. A short ball from Pat Cummins rose and took off and struck Dhawan. The left-handed opener was batting on 23 at that time. However, he continued batting and notched up his 17th ODI ton.
With Dhawan suffering a hairline fracture, he is ruled out of at least two games. India are scheduled to play New Zealand (on 13th) and Pakistan (on 16th). Hence, it is a massive blow for the ‘Men in Blue’. Thus, here we discuss why Dhawan’s injury is such a big blow to the Indian team.
1. Record in ICC tournaments and England
Shikhar Dhawan is a beast in 50-over ICC tournaments. The Delhi southpaw simply loves the big stage. Right from the time he became a regular in the Indian white-ball side, he’s been churning out runs for fun in ICC tournaments. In fact, in every 50-over ICC tournament (Champions Trophy or the World Cup), he has ended up either as tournament’s or India’s highest run-getter.
He won the Golden Bat in the 2013 Champions Trophy before repeating the feat in 2017 in the same competition. In the 2015 World Cup in Australia, he was fifth on the overall list of highest run-getters but topped the batting charts for the ‘Men in Blue’. Overall, Dhawan has amassed 1238 runs at an average of 65.15 in ICC tournaments. He also has six hundreds (and four half-centuries) to his name in these tournaments.
Moreover, his record in England is excellent as well. He averages 64.76 while amassing 1101 runs in England. His strike-rate is superb as well (101.28). Hence, in short, Dhawan just loves batting in ICC tournaments and England!