Dhawan’s failure to convert starts to big runs continued as he was dismissed for 38 runs during the encounter against the visiting side.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was knocked out for 38 off 40 balls by Keemo Paul after getting India off to a wonderful start. The match, which took place at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, saw Dhawan ending up getting caught by Kieran Powell in the short mid-wicket area after not being able to get enough power on his shot. What happened after that left everyone in shock.
Paul decided to mock Dhawan by copying the former’s famous ‘thigh-slap’ celebration to give the Indian opener a send-off. The send-off, however, did not disconcert Dhawan who took it in a sporty way and walked away with a smile on his face.
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Dhawan had earlier explained the reason behind his ‘thigh-slap’ celebration and had shared that it was something he picked up watching Kabaddi.
“I started the Kabaddi-style celebration first in Australia when I took a catch to dismiss Shane Watson. I enjoy watching Kabaddi. It is very entertaining for me,” he had said on the show Breakfast with Champions.
India was off to a strong start with Dhawan and Rohit posting a 71-run stand for the opening wicket. Indian captain Virat Kohli was on the verge of equalling Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four successive centuries in ODIs but he was sent back by Kemar Roach after scoring 16 off 17 balls. His streak of scoring centuries in the last three games was brought to an end. Rohit meanwhile, notched up his 21st ODI hundred in a phenomenal fashion to steady the ship for India.
Paul was picked by West Indies for the all-important game in place of left-hand pacer Obed McCoy. He had a brilliant start to the series with a wicket in his very first over of the game. However, the celebration from him was a bit too animatic, but thankfully, it didn’t draw any reaction from Dhawan.