WATCH: IND vs SL – Shikhar Dhawan’s trademark ‘thigh-five’ celebration after winning the first toss as captain

Team India failed to ensure a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series after a close defeat of three wickets in the ultimate game.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

Team India skipper Shikhar Dhawan gave a light-hearted moment to his teammates and fans during the toss time at the third One Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka. The southpaw brought the social media alive when he broke into his trademark ‘thigh-five’ celebrations after winning his maiden toss as skipper of the national side.

After losing tosses at the first two matches of the series, Dhawan won a toss in his debut series as captain at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.

As soon as the Delhi cricketer was informed he won the toss, he looked at the dugout with all smiles and his ‘thigh-five’ celebration left everyone in splits. Dhawan’s popular celebration comes every time he grabs a catch of the opposition’s batsman.

Here’s the full video of yesterday’s toss time:

“Am glad these players made their debut” 

Five players made their debut for team India during 3rd ODI
Five players made their debut for team India during 3rd ODI: Krishnappa Gowtham, Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Sanju Samson, and Chetan Sakariya (L-R)

India opted to bat first while taking the field with as many as six changes in their playing XI which included five debutants as well. The Asian Giants handed ODI caps to Sanju Samson, Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Chahar, Nitish Rana and Krishnappa Gowtham. However, the national team didn’t have the desired result against Sri Lanka as the hosts clinched the game by three wickets (DLS method). 

Dhawan backed the youngsters as he expressed his happiness over the selection of these players in the side. Nonetheless, ‘Men in Blue’ won the three-match series 2-0 before they move towards the shortest format.

“I am glad the players made their debut because everyone was in quarantine for such a long time, and we had this chance because we sealed the series in the last game. I always analyse where I can improve and get better in strategies.

“It didn’t go our way. We tried some new players. We got a good start, but again we lost too many wickets in the middle overs. We were 50 runs short in the end. Of course, we were positive that we could defend the target, but we knew that we were short. The boys gave a good fight, and it was interesting in the end. We always have to keep learning,” said Shikhar Dhawan in the presentation ceremony.

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Sachin Arora is a die-hard sports fan who commenced content writing while pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.