India vs. South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan regrets middle-order breakdown after loss to South Africa | Cricket News

PAARL (South Africa): India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday expressed regret for the mean collapse after the team’s loss to South Africa in the first ODI.
“We got off to a good start and I feel the wicket was slow, it offered a bit of a turn too. So if you’re chasing (about) 300 runs when the middle order gets hitting, it’s not easy to play shots.
“Our wickets fell in a heap and that affected us as a striking unit,” Dhawan said at the virtual post-game press conference after his team suffered a 31-run loss.

“Of course we didn’t have a century or a great partnership from our team,” added the elegant left-hander, who achieved the top mark with a brisk 79.

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India’s inexplicable middle-order collapse made beautiful half centuries of Dhawan and Virat Kohli not count for much.
Dhawan also praised South African duo Temba Bavuma (110 out of 143) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out of 96).

When asked what the game’s turning point was, he said, “I feel like both South African batters hit pretty well and took the innings pretty deep.”
According to the right winger, he was “happy” that he did well in the game.

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“Yes, the plan was to play on merit at the start and it was kind of a wicket that we take home. I carried on my flow, but when the wickets fell I thought of sewing a great partnership.
“It wasn’t easy for the new batsmen to make runs, the seeded batsmen’s plan was to take it deep but unfortunately I came out, didn’t expect the turnaround but yes it happens,” said Dhawan older players , added.
When asked how he moves through all the negativity after setbacks, Dhawan quipped, “I don’t listen to the media or read newspapers or watch the news, that’s not how I absorb all that information. I have full confidence in myself that what my game is and I remain pretty calm. Ups and downs are part of life.”

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