IND vs ZIM: Enjoying batting with Shubman Gill, feel like youngster too, says Shikhar Dhawan
IND vs ZIM: At the Harare Sports Club in this city on Thursday, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill barely broke a sweat as they completed the task of chasing a meagre score of 190 runs in 30.5 overs.
The Dhawan-Gill pairing is building on their performance during India’s tour of the West Indies, when they were instrumental in getting the country off to a fast start. In the series that ended earlier this month, India defeated West Indies in both the T20I and ODI matches.
“I am enjoying batting with the youngster [Gill] and I feel like a youngster too. I enjoyed the consistency from West Indies,”Shikhar Dhawan said after the team won the first ODI.
Dhawan played a solid knock and eventually quickened his innings by making good use of all his expertise. Shubman Gill scored 82 not out of 72 balls, while the 36-year-old scored 81 off 113. For the first wicket, the opening partnership scored 192 runs.
“I knew that once I was set, I would go after the bowlers. I wanted to rotate the strike as well and then was to accelerate. My rhythm with Gill has settled nicely. The way he bats and times the ball is lovely to watch. He has shown the consistency in converting fifties into bigger fifties,” said Dhawan.
In addition to his outstanding bat skills, Dhawan displayed keen fielding, grabbing two catches in the slip position. Sean Williams was dismissed after his first catch of Mohammed Siraj’s bowling. Dhawan then assisted in distracting Sikandar Raza from Prasidh Krishna’s bowling.
“I enjoy [catching in slips] and it has become easy with experience,” Dhawan said.
The bowlers had earlier kept the Zimbabwean batters in check, so the Indian openers didn’t face much strain. When the top three Zimbabwean batters struck out, Deepak Chahar, who had been absent from the team owing to injury, ensured that the visitors would never mount a comeback.
“Our bowling unit did well and it was nice to see Deepak Chahar come back from injury and pick up three wickets. I am sure he would be feeling confident as well,” Dhawan said.
India’s dominating 10-wicket victory gives them a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.