Shikhar Dhawan is a player that has been one of the pillars of Indian cricket for a long and for almost a decade in both test cricket and red ball cricket and especially in ODIs. Shikhar Dhawan has scored more than 10000 international runs if we combine the 3 formats of the game which is an incredible achievement for any cricketer. He may not be a regular part of the Test and T20I side for India anymore but he remains one of the 3 most important batters in the ODI format.
Shikhar Dhawan has played 34 Test matches in his career till now and has scored 2315 runs at an average of 40.61 with 7 test hundreds to his name. He has also played 149 ODIs till now for India and has scored 6284 runs at a very good average of 45.54 with 17 ODI hundreds and in the T20I format he has played 68 T20I Matches for India and has a total of 1759 runs with 11 Half centuries to his name. Let’s look at his Top 5 Best Performances.
187 vs Australia (2013)
The first test innings in the life of Shikhar Dhawan and what an incredible first innings to play and announce your arrival. He has the highest score in a debut innings for India In test cricket. He only faced 174 balls in this innings with a strike rate of 107.47 with 33 fours and 2 sixes which makes a total of 144 runs out of 187 runs just in boundaries alone and it was against a very good Australian attack and it was a statement of intent as well. Such an attacking Innings on debut is rare and definitely it is among his best batting Performances.
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190 vs Sri Lanka (2017)
The second incredible batting Performance that we will be talking about is the brutal 190 that he hit against Sri Lanka at Galle and he smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts. He only played 168 balls in that innings at a strike rate of 113.10 and he hit 31 fours in that innings meaning a tieal of 124 runs in boundaries. This was a special innings but he just missed out on a double hundred here as well like he did in his debut innings.
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137 vs South Africa (2015)
This was the innings that he played in the 2015 World Cup where everybody stood up and realized that he is a very special player. He was the only batter who looked comfortable in that match and he absolutely decimated the great attack of the South African team and in just 146 balls at a strike rate of 93.84 with 16 fours and 2 sixes he put India over 300 in 50 overs and India won that match by 130 runs. From that innings he was being called Mr ICC. Such an incredible innings to watch live on TV.
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114 vs Pakistan (2018)
This was one of the most dominant run chases by India in recent history and the fact that it came against Pakistan makes it more special and so this Shikhar Dhawan knock is one of his best batting Performances because of the pressure a match against Pakistan beings and yet he smashed a brilliant hundred and made India win easily by 9 wickets. He made 114 runs in just 100 balls and hit 16 fours and 2 Sixes in his innings at a strike rate of 114.
117 vs Australia (2019)
Imagine if a ball hits the fingers so bad that you cannot hold the bat but even in this condition Shikhar Dhawan made a match winning hundred at the 2019 ICC World Cup and again showed why he is called Mr ICC and he did it with a broken finger. India were batting first in this match and Shikhar Dhawan made 117 from just 109 balls at a strike rate of 107.34:and he hit 16 gorgeous fours in this innings and his innings led India to.a famous win against Australia by 36 runs in that match. It remains one of the best batting Performances of Shikhar Dhawan.
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