IPL 2022: Ravi Shastri praises Shikhar Dhawan, says he is right between Kohli and RohitFormer India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Punjab Kings senior opener Shikhar Dhawan deserves all the praise for him. FIPL 2022 live updates with InsideSport.IN please
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Shastri added that while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli got a lot of attention with their batting, Dhawan was a serious player sandwiched between two amulet batsmen.
Dhawan is in rolling form for Punjab in IPL 2022, scoring 302 runs in eight matches at an average of 43.14 and strike rate of 132.45. In Punjab’s 11-run win over Chennai Super Kings, Dhawan hit an unbeaten 88 off 59 balls and continued his batting throughout the innings in a changed batting style to post a challenging 187/6.
“I call him a gun player because most of the praise in this country goes to Rohit and Virat, but this guy was a serious player among them when he was fit. He deserves all the praise he deserves. He has scored six thousand runs in IPL. He reads the conditions (very good), sees what the pitch offers, understands his role and chooses the right bowler to hit, “Shastri said on Star Sports’ Cricket Live show.
Agreeing with Shastri, former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan praised Punjab’s changed batting style against Chennai, where a team full of power-hitters wanted to build an innings around Dhawan by abandoning their over-attacking method.
IPL 2022: Ravi Shastri praises Shikhar Dhawan, says ‘he is right between Kohli and Rohit’
“The Punjab Kings are the most explosive team in the powerplay this season and the reason behind it is the batting of Shikhar Dhawan. Their approach in TATA IPL 2022 was very simple i.e. to build their innings around Dhawan, who wants to bat deep. While Dhawan is continuing his normal game, the rest of the batsmen are providing that support and are looking to score aggressively in the death overs. “
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has praised Dhawan, who became the second cricketer after Kohli to score 6,000 runs in IPL history, saying he looks the best balls in general.
“The best players, no matter where you bowl (to them), show some of the best deliveries in general. It’s something that some of the best batsmen have and he’s one of those guys. He has that (extra) time, that skill and that orthodox nature that doesn’t make him feel like he’s hitting the ball hard. ”
IPL 2022: Ravi Shastri praises Dhawan, says ‘he is right between Kohli and Rohit’
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