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WATCH: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his 16th ODI century in style – The Cricket Times

Left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th century in the second one ODI between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.

Dhawan’s century got here off 97 balls when he swept Adam Zampa right down to the nice leg boundary. He introduced up his century within the remaining ball of the 32nd over with KL Rahul for an organization.

His remaining century got here on September 23, 2018, when he scored a match-winning 114 off simply 100 balls in opposition to Pakistan in Dubai throughout the Asia Cup.

Dhawan was once no longer having the most productive of collection, till this recreation, with ratings of zero, 21 and 1 from the primary 3 video games. He hadn’t fared higher within the ODIs in opposition to New Zealand both, as he controlled ratings of 6, 13 and 28 within the remaining 3 suits of the excursion.

The deficient run of shape brought on former India cricketers Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman to mention that KL Rahul could be a more sensible choice for India taking a look ahead to the 2019 ICC International Cup.

“He (Dhawan) was once by no means my backup opener. He was once at all times my first-choice. The type of shape he has proven within the two T20Is… I believed was once fabulous. He was once our very best batsman even though Virat Kohli and people were given runs. They must have persisted giving him those 5 video games (ODIs). Regardless of how he delivers, he must have performed these kind of video games,” Gautam Gambhir mentioned earlier than the beginning of the tournament.

“While you play the primary tournament on the International Cup, you wish to have your whole batsmen to be in best shape. No longer best those two suits, the IPL and the warm-up suits on the International Cup, I feel the staff control might be taking a look at whether or not KL Rahul is hitting the ball smartly or Shikhar Dhawan,” VVS Laxman had mentioned.

“Shikhar has no longer been in nice shape. Australia collection after which in New Zealand and those 3 ODIs he has appeared very, very shaky. There was once no rhythm to his recreation. He’s a rhythm participant. When avid gamers like him don’t have rhythm, they will be unable to rotate the strike and it is going to put force on his spouse,” Laxman added.

With 143-run knock off 115 balls in Mohali, Dhawan has silenced his critics as soon as once more.

Right here’s the video of Shikhar Dhawan’s party:

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