NEW DELHI : Shikhar Dhawan is, more often than not, expected to play the role of an enforcer at the top of the order for India, allowing Rohit Sharma the time to play himself in. It’s a role the left-hander carried out with considerable success for Delhi Capitals. Also, despite such an aggressive approach, Dhawan was quite consistent throughout the campaign, before tapering off a bit towards the end Dhawan helped Delhi ace a target of 178 with an over to spare. KKR had four World Cup-bound bowlers in their line-up – Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite and Kuldeep Yadav. In the fourth over of the innings, Dhawan hits Russell for three fours, though two of them came via fielding lapses.
In the next over, he slams a short ball from Ferguson to the midwicket fences. When Brathwaite was brought on in the 10th over, he was creamed through the covers and glanced to the fine-leg fence. In the 13th over, Ferguson was hit twice to the cover fence as his extra pace played to Dhawan’s advantage. When Kuldeep provided a full ball on off-stump, he was smashed one-bounce to the straight boundary.
The way Dhawan dealt with Russell and Ferguson showed that he is no mug against pace, especially if the pitch is true.