‘Tu to 15 runs banake out ho jayega’ – Pakistan fans had taunted Shikhar Dhawan just before the 2015 WC match began
Dhawan recalled the incident while speaking to Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana on their show Double Trouble.
Updated - May 28, 2020 3:53 pm
Whenever India and Pakistan lock horns, there is always a lot of tension among the fans both the countries. The stadium is always jam-packed wherever the two teams meet. Over the last few years, both the cricket sides have been facing off only in the ICC events and when it is the World Cup, a lot is at stake. India opener Shikhar Dhawan has opened up on the atmosphere in the middle during the match against Pakistan and how the pressure is on players.
As far as India’s record against the arch-rivals in the mega-events is concerned, they have never lost to Pakistan in the 50-over and 20-over World Cups. They boast of a massive 7-0 lead in the 50-over World Cup and have won on all four occasions in the shortest format of the game. Despite such a flawless record, Dhawan reveals that there is pressure on the Indian players as well.
Recalling a World Cup 2015 game against the Men in Green at the Adelaide Oval, the left-hander said that he was under extreme pressure due to the electric atmosphere in the middle. It has his first appearance in a WC game against Pakistan as well and to make things worse, he wasn’t in the great form in the lead up to the tournament.
“I feel pressurized against Pakistan because of the environment in the ground, that’s a whole different feeling. I still remember our game against Pakistan in 2015 WC in Adelaide. My form wasn’t that good during that time, I didn’t play well in Australia series before the World Cup,” he said while speaking at Double Trouble with Smriti and Jemi show.
For fans, India should win against Pakistan at any cost, says Shikhar Dhawan
MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first in that game and Shikhar Dhawan recalled an incident while walking out to bat along with Rohit Sharma. A section of Pakistan fans taunted him stating that the southpaw will get out after scoring just 15 runs. As it turned out, Dhawan amassed 73 runs off 76 deliveries with seven fours and a six and he remembers same people were clapping and appreciating him for his knock.
“Our first WC game was against Pakistan and when I was walking down at the venue, Pakistan fans were shouting, ‘tu toh 15 runs banake out hojayega.’ I was like ‘oh okay’. And then, I went on to score 73 runs and the same people clapped for me on my way to the pavilion. For Indian fans, Team India should win against Pakistan by any means in ICC events no matter what. They taunt each other sitting in the stands,” the 34-year-old further added.