Shikhar Dhawan joins elite list comprising Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina during South Africa T20I
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was looking in his elements during ongoing India versus South Africa final T20I in Bengaluru on Sunday evening (September 22). After failing to convert his start in the penultimate encounter of the series, where India won by seven wickets, Dhawan got off to a flourishing start versus the Proteas line-up before perishing for a 25-ball 36.
While the senior batsman once again failed to capitalise on his start, Dhawan joined the likes of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina to join an elite list in T20s. The 33-year-old surpassed 7000 runs in all T20s. Thus, he became the fourth Indian overall to claim the rare record.
Despite the individual record, Dhawan won't be too pleased with his overall efforts in the shortest format of the game. The left-hander returned from a thumb injury in the 2019 World Cup to join the national side in the three T20Is versus West Indies in August 2019. However, his returns weren't impressive as he ended the series with a total of 27 runs.
On the other hand, Dhawan finished the South Africa T20Is with a 40 and 36 in the two encounters. He, thus, failed to convert his starts into big scores when talks of KL Rahul's inclusion in the shortest format is the doing rounds from time to time. India's next T20I assignment will be against Bangladesh and West Indies, at home, and the left-hander will be eager to make the most of the opportunities with the focus primarily towards ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) 2020, to be played Down Under.
Talking about the third and final T20I, India won the toss and opted to bat first. While Rohit and Dhawan started off confidently, the duo perished soon. Skipper Kohli also had a rare failure (9) as the Men in Blue are struggling at 97 for five in 14 overs at the time of publishing this report.
If India win the match, this will be their first-ever T20I series win at home versus the African nation.