Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t have asked for a better start to his captain’s job as the Indian team put in a clinical performance against Sri Lanka in the first ODI to claim a 7-wicket victory.
As the belligerence of Prithvi Shaw and the debut duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan grabbed all the limelight, it was Shikhar Dhawan who ended up being the top scorer.
During his unbeaten 86 of 95 deliveries, including 6 fours and a six, the legendary ODI hitter continued to scale the Mount. 6000 running barrier in the format. Dhawan is now the 4th fastest hitter in ODI cricket history with 6,000 points.
The left-hander took only 140 innings
And, in the process, Dhawan added another feather to his esteemed cap as he has now joined an elite roster of former Indian captains who have served over 50 years in their debut as an ODI captain.
Dhawan joined Ajay Jadeja, Ajit Wadekar, Ravi Shastri and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar as hitters who scored over 50 in their very first game as ODI captain.
Of all these names, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the only one to have smashed a 100 in his first game as ODI captain.
The legendary drummer achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1997 when he smashed a dazzling 110.
Dhawan may not have been able to hit his hundred, but he would be very happy with how things turned out for him and his team in the end.
It was only fitting that Shikhar Dhawan had the winning runs.
With a complete victory in the first ODI, India not only won a 1-0 in the three-game series, but also won 10 ICC ODI Super League points.
Dhawan & co will now look to wrap up the series in the second game itself, which takes place on July 20.
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Best scores of Indian players on their debut as ODI captain:
Sachin Tendulkar – 110
SHIKHAR DHAWAN – 86 *
Ajit Wadekar – 67
Ravi Shastri – 50
Ajay Jadeja – 50