XtraTime Web Desk: Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored a match-winning ton as he became the first Indian to score four ODI centuries in England on a record-breaking day against Australia in the World Cup.
The left-handed opening batsman broke a string of records on his way to 117, as India posted a formidable 352 and ended up winning it by 36 runs in their clash with the Baggy Greens at The Oval.
After the game, Dhawan said, “We are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. It’s a great sign for our team and I’m happy with this man of the match award.”
Dhawan became the fastest to reach 1,000 ODI runs in England, needing just 19 innings. Though team and not the individual records matter to him, as he mentioned, “Very happy with the performance overall. We are a great fielding side, we took great catches. We have a good bowling side, great spinners as well. We work really hard in the nets, our process is very strong that’s why the results are going our way. We ticked all the boxes today. We knew they are a great side and the match will go down to the wire. We need to continue ticking the boxes in upcoming matches.”
It was his sixth century in ICC ODI tournaments, equalling Australian Ricky Ponting and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara’s tally. The Oval too lauded the knock in a phenomenal way, as Dhawan said, “The fans are having a great time and they’ll be happy with this win.”