Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan admitted that the hosts made the grave error of reading the conditions incorrectly in successive games of the ongoing ODI series against Australia.
Australia beat India in the fourth ODI on Sunday as they chased down a record 359. Dhawan, who hit a career-best 143, said that not being able to ascertain the dew factor proved to be costly.
“We had expected dew would be a factor in the last game and it didn’t come and here, we didn’t expect dew in this game and it came very heavily,” Dhawan said after the match.
Reflecting on the contest in Mohali, the southpaw said, “So of course, when you put such totals on the board, it’s always pressure for the other sides and not our bowlers and we were quite in control till 38th over.”
“But then ball started coming so nicely and the (bounce) true that you could play any shot on that surface.”
Stating that because of the dew spinners were finding it difficult to grip the ball, Dhawan said, “Because of the dew, the ball was not gripping and of course he (Ashton Turner) played really a good knock and took the game away. But he couldn’t have played those shots had there been no dew.”
On his personal form, Dhawan said that he remains oblivious to whatever is being written about him and never reads the papers.
“First of all, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t take information which I don’t want to. So I don’t know what’s happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going,” he said.
“I perform best when I am calm. There’s no point in cribbing or being sad. When I feel hurt, I move on quickly. And I don’t really know what people are writing. I make sure that I am in a positive frame of mind and keep doing my process,” he added.
“When I talk to myself, I make sure that I cut down negative thoughts that can creep in. I accept reality and move on. I don’t resist something that’s happening. If it’s going good, then it’s good,” he explained.
Applauding Ashton Turner for his match-winning knock of 84 off 43 balls, Dhawan said, “I would give credit to him (Turner) for playing with such composure and took the game away from us. All his shots were on the roof and yes, he played really well,” Dhawan added.
Turner was given a life by Rishabh Pant who missed his stumping and had a terrible outing behind the stumps. However, Dhawan backed Pant to come good with time.
“Like any other young bloke, you have to give him time too. I mean Dhoni bhai has played so many games and for how many years. You simply can’t compare,” Dhawan said.
“Yes, had he effected the stumping, may be the game could have changed but then it slipped quickly out of our hands and for that, dew played a big role. That’s what it was,” he concluded.