Shikhar Dhawan, India's left-handed opening batsman, was the lone performer with the bat in the third T20I against South Africa as India lost to the visitors in Bengaluru. South Africa won the match by nine wickets. Electing to bat, India lost quick wickets and Dhawan top-scored with his 25-ball 36. The Proteas chased the target in 16.5 overs as their opening batsman, Quinton de Kock scored a fantastic knock of 79 in 52 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan, who was caught by Bavuma on Shamsi’s ball in the last T20I, has scored a total of 1,413 runs in 55 matches. He has the highest score of 92 runs in the T20 format. Dhawan has scored nine half-centuries in this format. Meanwhile, in One Day Internationals, he scored 5,518 runs in 133 matches. Shikhar Dhawan has scored 17 centuries and 27 half-centuries. He played his last ODI against West Indies, scoring 36 runs in as many deliveries.
With an average of 44.5, he is expected to be a good pick as an opening batsman with his fellow opener, Rohit Sharma. In the Test format, he has scored 2,315 runs in 34 matches. Dhawan has scored seven centuries and five half-centuries. The 33-year-old Delhi batsman will be playing the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy, the 50-over domestic event starting on September 24, 2019.
As Shikhar Dhawan is a hard-hitter of the ball, he is not included in the Test team against South Africa. According to reports, Dhawan claimed that as he is not included in the Test team, he will keep playing domestic games. He said that it will help boost his confidence and skill levels. Earlier, there were reports that he had pulled out of a few matches in the upcoming tournament. Shikhar Dhawan believes that match practice is the best practice as it is an excellent opportunity for him to go and express himself.
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced the squad for the tournament and batsman Dhruv Shorey was named as captain. Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini were also included in the team.