The Indian Premier League came exactly at the right time in Shikhar Dhawan’s cricket career. He wasn’t quite the star back then in 2008 but his credentials as a cricketer were good enough to earn him an IPL contract.
Ahead of the 2019 IPL auctions, Shikhar was traded by Sunrisers Hyderabad. They sold him to Delhi and in return got Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, and Shahbaz Nadeem. So, after a gap of 11 years, Shikhar will represent the Delhi franchise again, not Daredevils but Delhi Capitals.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost their first game of the season at home. The Delhi Capitals (DC) trumped them for the second time in this edition and this time was the experience of Shikhar Dhawan who took them over the line. Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant got together then and calculated the chase perfectly.
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It was him who unleashed the killing blows, In the end, to bring the required run-rate down even as Dhawan remained unbeaten on 97.
Delhi Capitals won by 7 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders.
Run Rate: 8.90
Shubman Gill 65(39), A Russell 45(21).
Chris Morris 2/38, Rabada 2/42.
Run Rate: 9.55
Dhawan 97(63), Pant(wk) 46(31).
Nitish Rana 1/12, Prasidh 1/25