Shikhar Dhawan might have completed second within the race for the orange cap, however nobody has left an impression on the IPL with the bat the way in which he has. He completed the event with 618 runs, a mean of 44.14 and strike charge of 144.73. He additionally grew to become the primary batsman to attain back-to-back centuries within the IPL. He scored 4 fifties as nicely. If Delhi Capitals reached the ultimate of the world’s most glamorous cricket league for the primary time, a variety of the credit score goes to the aggressive left-hander on the high of the order. He scored 78 off 50 balls towards Sunrisers Hyderabad within the qualifier to assist Delhi steal a spot within the closing.
When he received going, runs flowed freely for Delhi. Unlike a workforce like Mumbai Indians, for which the batsmen carried out collectively as a unit, the duty of taking Delhi to a good complete typically was on Dhawan’s shoulders. Captain Shreyas Iyer was the one different batsman to point out consistency. Delhi’s glorious present within the IPL owes an ideal deal to its sharp assault that includes Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and R. Ashwin, however with out Dhawan’s stellar efficiency with the bat, they might not have gotten sufficient runs to bowl with.
It had taken Dhawan a while to seek out his kind, although. He, the truth is, had a horrendous begin to the event as he was run out with out scoring towards Kings XI Punjab. He adopted it up with scores of 35 (towards Chennai Super Kings), 34 (Hyderabad), 26 (Kolkata Knight Riders), 32 (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and 5 (Rajasthan Royals). He appeared a distinct batsman after scoring his first fifty — 69 towards Mumbai Indians. In the subsequent match, he hit 57 towards Rajasthan. Then got here these two excellent a whole lot — 101 not off 58 balls towards Chennai and 106 not out (61 balls) towards Punjab.
Watching Dhawan making these centuries was a deal with. He is a pleasant stroke-maker, and when he finds kind, which he typically did these previous eight weeks, he’s troublesome to comprise. This version additionally noticed him turning into solely the fifth batsman to finish 5,000 runs within the IPL.