Calcutta: Before India’s ongoing tour of South Africa began, Shikhar Dhawan had been having a phenomenal year, be it in Tests or one-dayers.
But the batsman has somehow lost the plot a bit, it seems, as he is yet to find success in the innings he has played in South Africa so far. Even on Thursday, the first day of the second and final India-South Africa Test, in Durban, he looked pretty indecisive during his stay at the wicket. He made 29 off 49 balls, often looking uncomfortable against the rising delivery.
Lapse of concentration after a drinks break cost Dhawan his wicket as his attempted drive off Morne Morkel resulted in a thick edge to Alviro Petersen stationed in the slips.
Dhawan himself was pretty disappointed with his batting. After the day’s play, he said: “I am disappointed with my batting today. I started off really well. I have been connecting the ball really well. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a big score,” he said.
The opener, however, remains optimistic and is hoping to get a big knock soon. “I am hopeful that a big knock is coming soon and I am looking forward to it.”
On his dismissal, he said: “I was also playing close to my body. But I have learnt from my mistakes. Today I got out to a very good ball, so I can’t do much about it.”
Speaking on the Durban wicket, on which the Indian batsmen dominated the South African bowlers, and his dismissal, Dhawan said: “The Durban wicket is very different from the one we had in Johannesburg. There the ball was seaming from the cracks. It is slower in comparison to the Johannesburg wicket. It has got bounce, but sometimes the ball keeps low as well. So, it’s a bit tricky. From the length ball, you can’t really know whether it’s going to go up or keep low. But it’s a good batting track.”
Praising Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s efforts, Dhawan said: “We are in a good position. Vijay and Pujara batted really well. Hopefully, they will continue in the same vein on Friday. It’s a kind of track where we want to bat once. ”