India clinched victory in the first ODI against England thanks to a plethora of good performances. It was Shikhar Dhawan who set the tone for the win with an excellent knock of 98 runs. The left-handed batsman was going at excellent pace before slowing down once he reached the 90s. He was then unlucky to get dismissed as he hit a delivery from Ben Stokes straight to the short-midwicket fielder.
Dhawan’s innings was then followed by good knocks from KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya as well as a half-century from Virat Kohli. In the second innings, the bowlers led by Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur picked up key breakthroughs just as England looked to be running away with the game to ensure a 66-run victory in the first ODI.
Shikhar Dhawan speaks on his performance
Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the Man of the Match for his 98-run knock in the first ODI. He spoke at the post-match presentation about his knock and said, “Very happy with my performance – more than that, our team won. Was doing good gym sessions, running sessions and net sessions. All the smart work paid off. We knew ball was swinging and seaming as well, so we knew we had to stay at the wicket and play close to the body. I’m not a person who gets too sad or too happy.”
Speaking about falling short of a hundred, he said, “Wasn’t in a rush to score hundred. Unfortunately it went to hand, that’s alright. It happens. When I wasn’t playing I was like how I could give to the team. I was being a good 12th man, running around, serving water. In my head it was clear that when I get an opportunity, I will grab it.”
The second ODI takes place on the 26th of March.