India is battling it out against Australia at their fourth ODI in Mohali's IS Bindra Stadium, on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan seems to have gotten over the drought of runs and has managed a powerful century. Dhawan played 97 balls and hit 12 boundaries and an over-boundary to seal his 16th ODI century. Prior to this, Dhawan had scored his last century in September 2018 in Dubai during the Asia Cup when he scored 114 out of 100 balls against Pakistan.
The first three matches of the India-Australia series didn't treat him well, with him scoring a respective 0, 21 and 1. The One-Day tour against New Zealand didn't prove very fruitful either and prompted a number of former cricketers to advocate KL Rahul's name instead of his, for the upcoming World Cup squad. "Shikhar has not been in great form. Australia series and then in New Zealand and these three ODIs he has looked very, very shaky. There was no rhythm to his game. He is a rhythm player. When players like him don't have rhythm, they will not be able to rotate the strike and it will put pressure on his partner," VVS Laxman said, while Gautam Gambhir emphasised that Dhawan should have been allowed to play all matches against NZ.
With this century, Dhawan also crossed the mark of 10,000 runs in list A cricket. Recently, he and his opening pair Rohit Sharma became the second highest scorers as a pair in Indian Cricket.