Indian cricket team’s ‘Gabbar’ Shikhar Dhawan has made a great start as captain by winning the first match of the series against Sri Lanka. Dhawan made many records in his name through this match. By entering this match, Shikhar became the oldest player to lead India (IND vs SL 1st ODI) in international matches. Dhawan debuted as a captain at the age of 35 years and 225 days. Earlier, when Hemu Adhikari captained India against West Indies in 1959, his age was 39 years and 190 days.
Overtakes Richards and Root
Shikhar also completed 6000 runs of his ODI career during this period. He became the fourth fastest batsman to touch this figure. During this, Dhawan left behind former Windies captain Viv Richards and current England Test captain Joe Root. Richards and Root took 141 innings to touch the 6000-mark in ODIs, while Dhawan accomplished the feat in the 140th innings. The list is topped by former South African batsman Hashim Amla, who has scored 6000 runs in just 123 innings, while Indian captain Virat Kohli took 136 innings to reach this figure.
Joined Dhoni’s club
Dhawan has become the sixth Indian batsman to score more than 50 runs in ODIs as a debut captain. Earlier, Ajit Wadekar, Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja and MS Dhoni have played innings of more than 50 runs for India as their debut captain.
Sri Lanka tour is important for Shikhar before T20 World CupAdorned with young players, many players of this team were watching from the board for a long time. If these players, who have been performing consistently in IPL and domestic cricket, can prove themselves as contenders for the World Cup if they go in this series. The sword of danger is also on the captain Shikhar Dhawan himself. Apart from him, there are three other openers in the team.
[Attribution to NBT]