Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournaments

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar was in awe of “fighter” Shikhar Dhawan who hit a match-winning hundred against Australia in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Speaking to India Today from London, Sachin Tendulkar said he doesn’t mind and, in fact, wanted Shikhar Dhawan to break the Master Blaster’s ICC tournament record for the most number of hundreds.

Shikhar Dhawan notched up his third World Cup hundred and his sixth in ICC tournaments (World Cup + Champions Trophy). He is joint-second alongside Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting on the list of most hundreds in ICC tournament. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly top the list with seven each.

“It (record break) better happen in this World Cup, Shikhar. You better do it in England. If that happens, it means India is doing well. We Indians, want all of you (batsmen) to go and do something special so that bowlers can come in and put pressure on the opposition,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar also pointed out that it was a special knock from Shikhar Dhawan against India’s toughest World Cup foes.

“He answered it (criticism) beautifully. He scored a brilliant hundred today. He must be feeling fantastic. That’s one special feeling. When you go to the hotel room and look at the mirror, you say ‘wow, I have done something special’,” Tendulkar added.

Tendulkar in awe of ‘fighter’ Dhawan

Tendulkar also said he wasn’t surprised to see Dhawan carry on after getting a hit on his thumb as early as the 9th over of the Indian innings. Dhawan looked in some discomfort after the impact but the left-handed opener carried on and smashed a fine hundred.

“Once you play for India, it’s a huge honour. These injuries take place every now and then. that doesn’t mean you leave the field and return to the pavilion. Having known the fighter Shikhar is, only when his thumb is completely gone and he can’t hold a bat, he would have gone back. I am not surprised Shikhar hung in there and made it count,” Tendulkar added.

Dhawan’s knock of 117 from 109 balls did not have a single six but he had struck 16 boundaries. Dhawan had stitched a 127-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma and then added 93 with Virat Kohli for the second wicket.

India’s top-order set a solid platform and Hardik Pandya, who walked in at No. 4 smashed 48 from just 27 balls before MS Dhoni hit a 14-ball 27 to take India to 352 for 5 in 50 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah picked up six wickets between them and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with two wickets as India restricted Australia to 316 to register their 2nd straight win of World Cup 2019.

 

Courtesy : India Today

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