Rishi Dhawan continued to rule his backyard at Dharamsala on Thursday. The 23-year-old blew away Assam with his testing line and precise seam movement,snaring five wickets for just 29 runs,toppling the opposition for a paltry 81. This fiver saw him take his tally at the venue to 27 and his season count to 34.
Speaking about the plan he sticks to at his home ground the all-rounder said,It is always about bowling on the fourth stump and aim the top of off-stump. But that isnt that simple. Because if you get it slightly wrong,the ball can disappear beyond the boundary.
The boy from Mandi has picked 130 wickets at an average of 23.63. He also has 1393 runs to his name at 42.43 with three centuries. Despite these impressive numbers,Dhawan has remained on the fringes of the national team. He has only once figured in an India A squad,that was when he was picked for a one-off 50-over game against England. A lot of people think that when you are playing in the lower group,things are easy. But if you look at domestic cricket,its not that simple. I have definitely been disappointed with not getting picked for a higher level of cricket,but then I cant stop performing and I need to be patient, he says.
Patience,he says,is something that he has learned from spending time with Sachin Tendulkar,Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting in the Mumbai Indians dressing room during the IPL. Sachin bhai and Ricky (Ponting) spoke a lot about patience,about not just thinking about taking wickets all the time. Its about biding your time and making the most of whatever situation you find yourself in. I have kept those things in mind and I try to practice them every time I am on the field, he says.
Brief Scores: Assam 81 all out in 32.5 overs (Tarjinder Singh 17,J Syed Mohammad 17; R Dhawan 5/29,VS Malik 3/24) vs Himachal Pradesh 199/4 in 56 overs (N Gangta 43 batting,Sangram Singh 40)