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Kohli reveals what he told Dhawan after 100-run partnership

Shikhar Dhawan provided a rollicking start alongside Rohit Sharma in the first ODI against England at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Dhawan and Rohit added a 64-run stand for the first wicket. After Rohit got out, Dhawan continued to carry out his task with his captain Virat Kohli.

The duo added a 105-run stand for the second wicket before the skipper got out after scoring 56. Meanwhile, Dhawan went on to score a sensational 98. He missed out on scoring his century by a whisker of 2 runs.

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India posted 317/5 in 50 overs. England were skittled out for 251. Prasidh Krishna took 4 wickets while Shardul Thakur took 3 wickets to his name as India won the game by 66 runs. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Dhawan was named the man of the match for his outstanding knock. In fact, he was fortunate enough on the day as he was dropped twice. The southpaw capitalized on the chances to better effect and scored a top knock for India.

At the post-match presentation, Dhawan revealed that he was not rushing for his century. “I’m not a person who gets too sad or too happy. Wasn’t in a rush to score hundred. Unfortunately it went to hand, that’s alright. It happens,” Dhawan said at the post-match press conference.

Kohli lauds Shikhar

Indian captain Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better performance from his players on the match day. All of them played well together as a team and got the result. The skipper heaped praise on attacking opening batsman Dhawan for his knock.

“Shikhar’s body language was amazing when he wasn’t playing. He was so helpful for us. Today he deserved the result. He batted in the most toughest phase today and got 95 which is more valuable than what the scoreboard shows,” Kohli said.

The 32-year-old skipper also opened up what he told Dhawan after they got to 100-run partnership. “The ploy was that when we got to 100-partnership, between overs 31 and 40, I told Shikhar I’ll take the bowling on,” the skipper added.

When Dhawan was benched right after the T20I opener against England, the southpaw said he tried his best to be the 12th man to help the team in whichever way possible in the T20I series.

“When I wasn’t playing I was like how I could give to the team. I was being a good 12th man, running around, serving water. In my head it was clear that when I get an opportunity, I will grab it,” Dhawan said.

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