Ravi Shastri’s file photo© BCCI/IPL

Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan is currently leading India in the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand. The seasoned pro showed his quality against the hosts as he struck 72 in the first ODI and combined with Shubman Gill for a 124-run kick. Before the first ODI, former India coach Ravi Shastri praised Dhawan, saying the southpaw did not get the credit he really deserved.

In Prime Video’s pre-match coverage of the first ODI, Shastri said: “He has a lot of experience. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. To be honest, most of the spotlight is on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But when you Looking at his cricketing record in a day, looking at some of the innings he’s had against top in big games, it’s a fantastic record.”

“The lefty at the top makes a big difference. He’s a natural batsman and he has all the chances to hit against the top fast bowlers, pulls, chippings and drives. He likes the ball after it’s out and I Think his experience will come in handy here. There are a lot of talented youngsters around, but I think his experience will be valuable in this format of the game,” he added.

In the ongoing first ODI, India were 306/7 in 50 overs after being called to bat first.

Dhawan (72), Shreyas Iyer (80) and Shubman Gill (50) all played quality batting and in the end, Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 16-ball batting for 37 games helped India score more than 300 points.

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