Off The Field

Shikhar Dhawan is looking like a million bucks at Delhi Capitals: Sunil Gavaskar

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan, who guided the team to a 7-wicket win over Punjab Kings in Match 29 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Dhawan once again top-scored for the Capitals and remained unbeaten on 69 off 47 balls as they chased down the target of 167 in 17.4 overs to grab the top spot on the IPL 2021 points table.

The left-handed Delhi cricketer batted from start to finish and was involved in 3 big partnerships with Prithvi Shaw (39), Steve Smith (24) and Rishabh Pant (14) which set up the game for DC.

Dhawan overtook PBKS skipper KL Rahul (331 runs) to top the Orange Cap-holders list thanks to his third fifty of the season. Dhawan has amassed 380 runs from 8 games so far at 54.28 while Rahul, who missed the game after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis, has scored 331 runs from 7 at 66.20 with 4 half-centuries.

“He has been in a tremendous right from the start of the season. He is carrying his form and he is not taking it easy at all. Sometimes, batsmen tend to take the good form for granted, get into bad habits. But he hasn’t got into any.

“Look at some of his shots. These are the shot which has always got runs. He hasn’t tried to do anything different. These are the shots that he plays in all forms of the games, in the longer formats as well. And they are paying for him and he is looking like a million bucks,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

Delhi Capitals will get to enjoy a short break now before getting back on the road where they next face two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their next game at the Narendra Modi Stadium on ay 8.

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