New Delhi: It was the ninth over of the Indian chase at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Wednesday when Virat Kohli got out. The fall of his wicket meant that both of India’s form batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Kohli, were back in the hut with more than 200 to get.
But at the other end stood Shikhar Dhawan, off to a flying start with 32 runs to his name off just 20 balls.
And he yet again proved just why India’s top three are such a dangerous combination as he remained undeterred and flayed the West Indies bowlers. He brought up his fifth ODI century in just his 28th innings — the joint-fastest in ODI history along with Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga.
Dhawan’s statistics in his second coming as a one-day player are mind boggling.
In the 23 matches he’s played since the beginning of the Champions Trophy in England in June, he has scored 1,150 runs at 54.76. That’s just the third best average by an Indian batsman in year 2013.
Kohli, the No. 1 batsman in the ICC rankings, has laid claim to the tag of an all-time great with his remarkable consistency, and his average of 56.22 (1,237 runs in 31 games) this year bears testimony to that. Rohit, meanwhile, has found his mojo after years of inconsistency, and averages 55.19 (1,159 runs in 25 games) this year.
Together, India’s top three have formed a 1-2-3 punch that has thwarted the best-laid plans of all comers in the last six months. It almost seems as though the three are racing each other for statistical supremacy. Each time one falls behind, he delivers a match-winning performance.
The basis of their strong combination is the fact that all three players can change the game because of their naturally aggressive styles and talent for finding the boundary. Be it home or away, the trio has assured Indian fans that someone will put his hand up and find the runs required for victory.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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