I have great bonding with Australian players, says Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form with the bat shared his experience of making his ODI debut in down under and his interaction with Shane Watson during Australia's tour of India in 2013.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 3, 2017 10:57:35 pm
Shikhar Dhawan has scored 56 runs in four innings so far in India’s tour of West Indies. (Source: AP)

Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form with the bat. And after finishing as the highest run-scorer in the Champions Trophy, the left-handed batsman has carried his form to the Caribbean soil as well. He has scored 156 runs in four innings which included two fifty-plus scores. Leading the five-match ODI series 2-1, team India will look to win the final and the fifth one-day international after suffering an 11-run defeat on July 2.

Speaking about his debut against Australia, Dhawan said, “I was nervous when I walked out to bat. I had decided to bat calmly but the fours keep coming. The body was not ready to play a defensive game. So, I thought let’s play aggressive cricket only but smartly. And I ended up creating a world record.”

When asked about being pledged by Australians, Dhawan said, “I don’t remember of any sledging on that day. And I was in my zone. But we know how good sledgers Australian cricketers are. And I have a great bonding with them. However, there have been many instances when a lot of sledging was done.”

Sharing his experience against Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, the left-handed batsman said, “I played a cover drive. So he collected it and returned it very hard. But when I played the same short next time, he was not able to collect it.”

Recalling an instance where the Indian opener and Shane Waston were involved in a banter during an ODI series against India and Australia, he said, “Watson bowled a ball which hit me at ribs. It was paying a lot and he asked me if I was enjoying the pain. And I had to take it. So, when I came to field, I mimicked him, something he didn’t like it.”

“But everything is fair in love, war and cricket,” he concluded in a video while interaction with cricbuzz.

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