‘Special IPL’ for Shikhar Dhawan with 2 consecutive centuries, DC family ‘happy and tight’ under Ricky Ponting

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Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan considers this IPL to be ‘special’ because of his two consecutive centuries, also his two ducks, which has never happened before.

Shikhar Dhawan is Delhi Capitals' highest scorer in IPL 2020. (Courtesy of BCCI)

Shikhar Dhawan is Delhi Capitals' highest scorer in IPL 2020. (Courtesy of BCCI)

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Shikhar Dhawan's special IPL 2020 with 2 hundreds and 2 ducks, something unique in his careerDhawan, 34, is the 3rd in the list of top run scorers in IPL 2020Dhawan has lauded head coach Ricky Ponting and his man management

Delhi Capitals left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan has been the most valuable player for the team taking the 2nd spot in the points table with his match-winning knocks in IPL 2020. In his ‘special IPL’, Shikhar Dhawan, 34, created history after becoming the first batsman to hit back-to-back hundreds (against CSK and KXIP) in 13-year-long Indian Premier League history. Besides, he also became the 5th player to score 5000 IPL runs thus becoming the 4th Indian batsman and 5th overall to do so.

With 525 runs in this season so far, Dhawan is 3rd in the list of top run-scorers in IPL 2020 and who knows he might trump KXIP skipper KL Rahul’s 670 in the coming games.

“I have been scoring five hundred runs over the last 4 years. All the seasons are my best seasons, in that case. But it’s special because I scored two centuries and two ducks, which I never did. Happy that I can perform consistently and provide a great start to my team, great platform to my team. As far as I am concerned, all the seasons are good for me. I have been playing with a good mindset this season as well,” Dhawan said in a virtual media press conference.

Ricky Ponting the man manager

Ricky Ponting’s impact on Delhi Capitals this season, in fact in the past two seasons, has the most any coach has had on his team in IPL 2020. And it shows in the way the entire camp speaks about the two-time World Cup-winning Australian captain.

“Of course, it’s a huge advantage. He is a great coach and a great leader. And he backs us like anything. He brings a lot of clarity and positivity. Whenever we are down or not winning matches, we have a nice open chat. He openly asked us if the coaching staff had to change something,” Dhawan said about head coach Ricky Ponting.

“He is a very open-minded person. He is always focussed on how the team can play its best cricket. He has good communication with all us, not just the main players but even the net bowlers and the boys who are not playing. Everyone stays quite happy and tight in the DC family.”

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