After series of glaring failures, Shikhar Dhawan returned to his glorious form on Sunday to lift India to a comfortable position. Earlier, the Men in Blue opted to bat in the fourth One-day International against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, on Sunday.
The Indian opener quelled doubts over his form ahead of the World Cup with a magnificent century in the fourth ODI between India and Australia at Mohali on Sunday, 10 March – the 16th of his ODI career, but his first in 18 innings.
Dhawan had mustered only 22 runs in three prior innings in the five-match series, but back at the scene of his wondrous 187 on Test debut – against the same opposition, at that – the 33-year-old rediscovered his touch with a free-flowing knock, replete with boundaries galore.
The 33-year-old southpaw batsman scored his 16th ODI hundred off 97 balls, a century in ODI cricket after 17 matches and nearly six months. He scored a mammoth 143 out of 115 deliveries.
It was Shikhar Dhawan’s third ODI century against Australia. The Indian opener had last scored an ODI hundred in 2018 Asia Cup in a Super Four match against Pakistan on September 23, 2018.
Dhawan’s remarkable return to form has given India a boost ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, starting on May 30 in the UK.
The left-handed batsman was receiving constant flak in the recent past for his dipping form. He was also demoted from an A-plus contract to an A grade category in the players annual contract, released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.