Shikhar Dhawan flew past another milestone in his illustrious career when he completed 5000 runs in the Indian Premier League. The Delhi Capitals opener achieved the feat in an IPL 2020 match against the Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday (October 20).
He completed the landmark with a six off Ravi Bishnoi. Dhawan is the fifth batsman to amass 5000 runs in the IPL in its 13 years of existence. Other four batsmen are, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner.
5000 run-getters in the IPL:
- Suresh Raina (23 March 2019)
- Virat Kohli (28 March 2019)
- Rohit Sharma (01 Oct 2020)
- David Warner (18 Oct 2020)
- SHIKHAR DHAWAN (20 Oct 2020)
Interestingly, in the same match, Dhawan achieved another historic feat as he became the only batsman to score back to back centuries in the history of IPL.
He completed his century in just 57 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 106 off 61 balls against KXIP. Interestingly, the 34-year-old smashed an unbeaten ton in his last match as well against Chennai Super Kings.
He scored an unbeaten 101 in 58 balls, with 14 fours and 1 six to help DC chase 180-runs target with five wickets in hand.
Also, Dhawan is the only second Indian and the fifth player overall to score multiple centuries in a single season of IPL.
Multiple 100+ scores in an IPL season:
- 4 Virat Kohli in 2016 (RCB)
- 2 Chris Gayle in 2011 (RCB)
- 2 Hashim Amla in 2017 (KXIP)
- 2 Shane Watson in 2018 (CSK)
- 2 Shikhar Dhawan (DC)
Talking about the match, Dhawan’s sensational effort took Delhi Capitals to 164 after they opted to bat first.
Dhawan cracked an unbeaten 106 off 61 balls which included 12 fours and three sixes.
It seemed he was batting on a different surface with the second-highest score of the innings coming from skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, who made 14 each.
KXIP bowled well at the back end of the innings to restrict DC to below 180 with lead pacer Mohammed Shami (2/28) being the stand out performer.
Fresh off a hundred in the last game, Dhawan began by slog sweeping offie Glenn Maxwell in the opening over.
Shaw, who failed to get off the mark in the preview two games, perished cheaply once again, trying to smash Jimmy Neesham over extra cover when he was in no position to play that aerial stroke.
Iyer too did not last long after getting off the mark with a lofted cover drive that went for a six with Delhi reaching 83 for two in 10 overs.
At the other end, Dhawan grew in confidence and an example of that was the way he drove a full ball from Shami over mid-off.
The southpaw crossed the 5000-run mark in the IPL by sweeping leggie Ravi Bishnoi for a six over deep square-leg, becoming the fifth batsmen to do so in the tournament’s history.
He got to his century, another landmark, with a double off left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh.
However, he did not get the required support from the other end as Delhi ended with a below-par total.
Delhi made three changes by bringing back a fit-again Pant and Shimron Hetmyer, who made way for wicketkeeper Alex Carey in the former’s absence.
Bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams was handed his debut cap with the Australian replacing in-form pacer Anrich Nortje.
KXIP surprisingly replaced Chris Jordan with Neesham after the Englishman had a decent outing in the previous game against Mumbai Indians.