How underrated is Shikhar Dhawan in ODI’S

Shikhar Dhawan is currently one of the best opener in the world, he has proved himself in the 50 over format time and time again but still he doesn’t get the credit which he deserves, maybe because Shikhar do not have a fan base like Dhoni, Kohli or Rohit. His numbers in this format are astonishing and a dream for many. Let us have a look at some of his stats-

Shikhar Dhawan averages 41.84 at home in Odis with a SR of 94.96 with 4 hundreds and 8 fifties.
A more clear look:
34 innings 1339 runs @41.84 with SR 94.96.
Well, here average doesn’t matter that’s because he hasn’t converted his 50s and 100s into daddy hundreds. The best part of his home record is that his 2 out of 4 hundreds have come in series decider(119 and 100*).

Scored 119 against Westendies in the series decider in the 3rd Odi 2013, India had to chase 264, having lost Rohit Sharma for just 4 and Virat Kohli for 19, Shikhar added 129 runs for the 3rd wicket with Yuvraj Singh who scored 55 before he was dismissed by Rampaul, India were 190-3 at that time, Shikhar was dismissed when India needed 45 odd runs to win the match, with his heroics India chased down 264 quite easily. India scored 266-5 in defeating Westendies by 5 wickets at Green Park, and recorded the highest successful run chase at the ground.

His 100 not out came against Srilanka in the 3rd Odi which was the series decider. Having lost the first Odi, India had to win both the Odis to win the series. Chasing 215 against SL, India lost Rohit early, with India 14-1 Shikhar added 135 runs for the 2nd wicket with Iyer before he was dismissed when India had 149-1, India won that match by 8 wickets.

Shikhar Dhawan in series deciders in Odis:
7 innings 432 runs @72.00 with 2 hundreds and 2 fifties with an outstanding Strike Rate of 108.00, his problem is getting out and not remaining not out in most of his innings. But his average here tells that he is consistent, even though he has got out in 7 out of his 8 innings, he has maintained a superb average with no single digit score, 2 scores of 60, a 35 and a score of 44, an only bad inning of 14.

Let us have a look at his away stats-
80 innings 3596 runs @47.32 with 11 hundreds and fifties with a SR of 94.04. It’s clear his away numbers are better than his home numbers. 11 away hundreds, 8 of them have come in overseas(including Zimbabwe). In this decade, in SENA+WI, he averages almost 44 in Odis with a superb SR of 92.70, 11 Asians have scored 1400 runs or more in overseas in this decade(excluding Zim), Shikhar Dhawan has the best Strike Rate. Well, he averages almost 44 but his RPI is 41.75, means he hasnt remained not out much thats why his average is a bit low otherwise he would have averaged at least 45.

Now let us have a look at his stats in ICC Odi tournaments-

Shikhar Dhawan in ICC Champions Trophy-
701 runs @77.88 with SR of 101.59 with 3 hundreds and 3 fifties. He was the highest run scorer in both the editions of Champions trophy(2013 and 2017), 363 runs and 338 runs in 2013 and 2017 respectively. He was also the Player of the series in the edition of 2013.

Shikhar Dhawan in ICC World Cup(50 over format)
412 runs @51.50 with SR 91.75 with 2 hundreds and a fifty making him the highest run scorer for India in that edition of ICC tournament as well.

He has played 5 Multinational tournaments in the 50 over tournament(5+ teams) and ended up as the leading scorer for India in all of those-

412 in WC 2015
363 in CT 2017
342 in Asia Cup 2018
338 in CT 2013
192 in Asia cup 2014

Shikhar Dhawan’s stats in chasing totals in Odis-
66 innings 2763 @46.05 with SR 95.40 with 8 hundreds.

Shikhar Dhawan’s stats in successful chases in Odis-
45 innings 2132 @53.30 with SR 99.48 with 7 hundreds.

He is one of India’s best Odi batsmen currently, even in T20Is he has improved a lot since 2017, he is having amazing numbers in Odis in particular. Hope he continues this form throughout his career.

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