Needed a Ricky Ponting to shake Shikhar Dhawan out of his comfort zone: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgShikhar Dhawan has been among the runs for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 so far but the left-handed opener has significantly improved on his scoring rate over the last four matches thanks to the pep-talk he received from head coach Ricky Ponting.Dhawan had scores of 43, 51, 16, 30, 12 and 0 in the first six runs but then he played the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in which he smashed a match-winning 97 off 63 balls and hasn’t looked back since then.On Saturday, Dhawan played yet another crucial knock for Delhi Capitals as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to move up a place to third in the points table.Dhawan scored 56 off 41 balls and forged a 92-run partnership with his captain Shreyas Iyer (58 not out) to help Delhi chase down 164 with 2 balls to spare on a tricky wicket at the Kotla.FIFTY up for @SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/I7Io5Iii5nIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has been really impressed with Dhawan’s new-found form and attributed his recent success to DC coach Ponting, who has helped the opener break the shackles and bat more freely now.”Needed a Ricky Ponting to shake Shikhar out of his comfort zone. Far too many coaches pander to the wishes of star players. Dhawan is a better T20 batsman now thanks to Ricky,” Manjrekar tweeted.Needed a Ricky Ponting to shake Shikhar out of his comfort zone. Far too many coaches pander to the wishes of star players. Dhawan is a better T20 batsman now thanks to Ricky.#DCvKXIPadvertisementSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 20, 2019He was also happy to see Delhi Capitals finally finishing a run chase without suffering a dramatic collapse, like they did in their last match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali earlier this month.DC had collapsed from 144 for 3 to 152-all out in 17 deliveries with Sam Curran taking a hat-trick to help KXIP defend 166 in Mohali on April 1.”Relieved to see that Delhi Capitals have finally put that banana skin in the bin,” Manjrekar tweeted.Relieved to see that Delhi Capitals have finally put that banana skin in the bin.Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 20, 2019Shikhar Dhawan peaking at the right time is great news not just for DC but also for Team India with the 2019 Cricket World Cup just over a month away. Dhawan has so far amassed 347 runs in 10 matches at an average of 38.55 with three half-centuries.Last week Dhawan had himself attributed DC’s success to the support staff led by Ponting and Sourav Ganguly.”The support of coaches Ponting and Ganguly has been very good. Their experience as captains helped the team. Also, the belief they instilled in players made the difference,” Dhawan had said after the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 14.Delhi Capitals will now travel to Jaipur to face the Rajasthan Royals in their next game at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on April 22.Also Read | R Ashwin thought about Mankading Shikhar Dhawan. Then this happenedAlso Read | R Ashwin hopeful of finding momentum despite KXIP lose crunch match to DCAlso Read | Catch of the tournament: Ingram’s stunning effort to dismiss Gayle leaves fans in awelast_img

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