Having roared back to form with an unbeaten 97-run knock, Shikhar Dhawan said the pitch at the Eden Gardens was better than the one at Delhi Capitals’ home ground.
Dhawan batted through the innings to guide Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match in Kolkata on Friday night.
He was however denied his maiden T20 century, as Colin Ingram smashed one into the stands to finish the game in style.
“I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk,” Dhawan, who bagged the man of the match award, said at the presentation ceremony.
Talking about the Eden track, the India opener said, “It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill.” Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had slammed the Feroz Shah Kotla ground staff, who provided the home team with a pitch that proved to be more helpful for the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this month.
Dhawan added, “I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the end. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep. Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park.”