Best Innings of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL
One of India’s most successful batsmen in recent times, Shikhar Dhawan has formed a formidable opening partnership with Rohit Sharma at the top of the Indian ODI side. His displays in the shorter format of the game are just as impressive, whether it be opening the innings with Sharma for India or in the IPL.
A veteran of Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, and now one of the most senior members of the Delhi Capitals, Dhawan has played several memorable knocks during his time in the IPL, some of which we’re taking a look back at in the following list of the Best Batting Performance of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL.
Best Innings of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL
5. 82* (57) vs Mumbai Indians (2016)
Kicking off the list of the top 5 innings of Shikhar Dhawan in his IPL career is his unbeaten 82 off 57 deliveries against one of his former sides, Mumbai Indians, in the 2016 edition of the tournament. Playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dhawan carries his bat in the first innings, hitting 10 fours and 1 six as SRH posted 177/3 in their 20 overs. Mumbai Indians collapsed when it was their turn to bat, with Harbhajan Singh’s 21 being the top score in a woeful total of 92 all out in 16.3 overs that handed SRH the 85-run win.
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4. 84 (49) vs Delhi Daredevils (2012)
Another entry in the Best Innings of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL, another innings against one of his former sides. Delhi Daredevils were the team on the receiving end of Dhawan’s innings of 84 off 49 balls in 2012 when he was playing for the Deccan Chargers. 9 fours and 5 sixes studded Dhawan’s knock, which propelled the Chargers to a respectable total of 187/4 in 20 overs. However, it was Dhawan’s future long-term opening partner at Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner, that decided the game in Delhi’s favour. The swashbuckling Australian smashed his way to an unbeaten 109 off 54 balls, which took Delhi to victory with 9 wickets to spare and 3.2 overs left to go.
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3. 92* (50) vs Delhi Daredevils (2018)
Yet another instance wherein Delhi Daredevils got put to the sword by the Delhi batsman, this time coming during Dhawan’s time with Sunrisers Hyderabad. This match was played in 2018, a year before Dhawan left SRH to rejoin the Delhi outfit. It was lit up in the first innings by a memorable ton from Rishabh Pant, who scored 128* off just 63 balls as he helped Delhi post 187/5 in their 20 overs. However, Dhawan’s unbeaten 92 off 50 balls, along with 83* off 53 balls from skipper Kane Williamson, made light work of the chase as SRH took the 9-wicket win and Dhawan walked home with the man of the match award.
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2. 95* (57) vs Kings XI Punjab (2011)
Going back to 2011 for the next entry in the list of the Best Batting Performance of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL career, we have his unbeaten 95 off just 57 balls against King XI Punjab. Opening the batting with Dwarka Ravi Teja for the Deccan Chargers, Dhawan put together a stand of 131 for the first wicket and ended up 5 short of a well-deserved half-century. Hitting 14 fours and 1 six, Dhawan helped the Chargers reach 198/2 in 20 overs. In response, Adam Gilchrist’s 51 was the only score of any note from a disappointing Kings XI Punjab batting line-up that folded up for 116 in 19 overs, giving Deccan Chargers an 82-run win and Dhawan another man of the match award.
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1. 97* (63) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2019)
Leading the way on this list of the Best Batting Performance of Shikhar Dhawan in IPL is one of his most recent knocks, coming for the Delhi Capitals against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019. KKR had reached a total of 178/7 in their 20 overs, thanks to a 65-run knock from Shunman Gill. This proved to be no match for the talented Delhi batting lineup which knocked the runs off in 18.5 overs. Dhawan’s 97* off 63 balls led the way for the Capitals, hitting 11 fours and 2 sixes en route another man of the match award and a 7-wicket win.
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