In the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka, Team India defeated the hosts by 7 wickets. In general, Shikhar Dhawan, known for batting very fast, played anchor in the first match and played responsible innings. Dhawan returned to the pavilion with an unbeaten 86. Dhawan retained an edge, which allowed young batsmen Prithvi Shah and Ishaan Kishan to bat freely. However, Gabbar fell 14 runs from his century. Former India batsman Virender Sehwag praised Shikhar’s innings. Sehwag said Dhawan had played the role of Rahul Dravid at one time.
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Speaking on the ‘Cricbuzz’ event, Sehwag said Dhawan is not as experienced as the entire Sri Lankan team. He said Dhawan took advantage of the experience and he knew there was no need to take risks when there was such a terrible batting from the other end. Former opener Dhawan has claimed that Rahul Dravid once played the role for the Indian team. He was playing comfortably on one end and the other batsmen came and hit boundaries and sixes from the other end.
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Dhawan has hit six boundaries and a six in his 86 innings. Apart from being the captain, Prithvi Shah has greatly troubled fans by playing stormy innings, scoring 43 off 24 balls. Ishaan Kishan, who made his one-day debut after Shah’s dismissal, batted in T20 format and completed his half-century in just 33 balls. Ishaan dismissed after scoring 59 off 42 balls. Manish Pandey, who came to bat in the fourth, also hit some good shots, but could not convert his start into a big innings.