Seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan top scored with a fluent half century in India’s scintillating six wicket win over Australia in the second T20I of the 3-match series played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday (December 8).
Opening the batting with KL Rahul, Dhawan got Indian off to a flier and laid the foundation for a herculean 195 run chase, which the visitors pulled off and clinched the series 2-0.
En-route his 36-ball 52 knock at the SCG, Dhawan surpassed former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s run tally of 1,617 T20I and leapfrogged to the third spot in the all time list of run scorers for India in T20 internationals.
Dhawan also went past former World Cup winner Suresh Raina’s run tally (1605) to become the highest run maker in the list of left handed batsman to play T20 international cricket for India.
With 1,641 runs in his kitty, Dhawan is now third behind skipper Virat Kohli (2843) and Rohit Sharma (2773) in the T20I run scoring charts for ‘Men In Blue’
The left handed opening batsman will now eye the 2000-run mark in T20 internationals and will have an opportunity to scale the milestone when India take on Australia in the 3rd match of the T20I series against Australia at the SCG on December 8.