Shikhar Dhawan: Eden Gardens pitch different to Delhi

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant

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. "He's been scoring consistently in the shorter format in worldwide cricket", he added.

Shikhar Dhawan's 97* would be his 50 half-century in T20 cricket. "The important thing is to win the match".

Talking about upcoming World Cup, Sourav Ganguly cited that Dhawan was judged best batsman during India's runners-up finish at the CT 2017 in England. "He is a fantastic one-day cricketer", he said. He will do well in the World Cup.

Named "man of the series" in their triumphant 2013 Champions Trophy campaign, Dhawan was also the tournament's leading scorer four years later when India lost in the final to Pakistan.

Delhi Capitals are riding heavily on their batting stars Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram. The duo calculated the chase perfectly, adding 105 runs for the third wicket and by the time, the latter got out to Nitish Rana, the result was a foregone conclusion.

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Then in the chase, Dhawan, who has been sluggish so far in the tournament, pottering around in the Powerplay to put vast pressure on the middle order, came out flying high and swatting short deliveries to the square boundaries.

"KKR play here everyday, I don't", Ganguly said when asked if KKR misread the wicket. He went past Gautam Gambhir's tally of 747 fours in Twenty20s with the 11 fours he hit in this game.

Denly's reputation as a hard-hitting opener in the format is known yet he started his IPL career with a golden duck after an in-swinger from Ishant Sharma cleaned up his stumps.

Sporting the Delhi Capitals jersey, Ganguly, who is also the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, arrived at the Eden Gardens.

Dinesh Karthik (capt. & wk), Joe Denly, Robin Uthappa, Carlos Brathwaite, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna. "We were just talking about taking the match deep and that both of us should remain there till the end", Pant said.

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