ShikharDhawan, consistency personified
ShikharDhawan holds the record for hitting the most fours in the history of the IPL.
Along with Suresh Raina, if there is one batter who has continued to produce the goods year after year in the IPL since its inception, it is ShikharDhawan.
Dhawan was part of the very first season of the IPL in 2008 and scored close to 350 runs in that season as well. Over the years, he has continued to contribute to his side.
Dhawan formed a deadly opening partnership with David Warner for the longest time and was part of the SRH franchise during its glory years. He then shifted base to Delhi Capitals and did a prolific job for them as well.
His best year for Delhi came in 2020 when he smashed 618 runs at a strike rate of 144.73 including two centuries which included back to back centuries and four half centuries.
Dhawan continues to produce the goods for Punjab Kings whom he was part of in the most recent edition of the IPL in 2022. However, in the last season of the IPL, his strike rate dropped to 122.6.
Although it is visible that he has slowed down and wasn’t able to match the magic of 2020, he still played a few match winning knocks and played his part. Unfortunately, he did not get enough support from his teammates and Punjab Kings were not able to qualify for the playoffs.
Out of Team India contention
It looks like ShikharDhawan’s T20 International career has come to an end as he is not being considered in the format despite his consistent IPL performances.
The fact is that India have a logjam at the top of the order with the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, RuturajGaikwad, Ishan Kishan and several others competing for the same spot.
Then you have the second rung also getting ready which includes Prithvi Shaw, YashasviJaiswal and RajatPatidar and the selectors won’t be able to hold them back for much longer.
It is understandable that India is not considering Dhawan anymore in the shortest format of international cricket. However, he is still pretty much part of India’s scheme of things when it comes to ODI cricket and will be looking forward to having a swansong at the 2023 ODI World Cup which will be held in India itself.