Are we seeing the best of Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs?

Are we seeing the best of Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs?

While Dhawan has been consistently good

Since his comeback to ODI cricket in 2013, in 2018 he seems to have got even better, so much so that he tops the charts in every batting measure available.

Year Matches Bat avg SR
2013 26 50.52 97.89
2014 18 47.94 86.51
2015 20 37.25 85.43
2016 5 57.4 100.34
2017 22 48 101.37
2018 13 64.16 104.47

You can also notice in the table that his SR has been consistently improving over the last 3 years. In fact, among players with a minimum of 2000 runs since Jan 1 2016, Dhawan is one of the only two players to strike above 100 SR.

Player name Runs SR
D Warner 2152 104.21
S Dhawan 2017 102.38
Q de Kock 2080 99.18
V Kohli 2948 98.82
R Sharma 2450 96.49

Best boundary hitter in world cricket:

Since Jan 1 2013, no one has hit more 4s in ODI cricket than Shikhar Dhawan, and no one hits them more frequently as well, with the left-hander finding the fence every 8.4 deliveries.

Player name Balls faced No of 4s BPB
S Dhawan 4971 592 8.4
V Kohli 6114 544 11.2
R Sharma 5486 472 11.6
H Amla 5112 467 10.9
Q de Kock 4322 463 9.3

*boundary here takes only 4s into account

BPB= Balls/Boundary

Big tournament beast:

Normally Dhawan scores a 100 every 7.2 innings, but when it comes to tournaments with 5+ teams, he gets them at a double quick rate, scoring a century every 3.7 innings.

Split Innings 100s Innings/100
Career 108 15 7.2
Career excluding 5+ team tournaments 77 8 9.6
5+ team tournaments 26 7 3.7

Dhawan’s Achilles’ heel:

With the ball coming in to them, ideally you would expect a left-hander to be severe on left-arm orthodox, just like you would expect a right-hander to take off-spinners apart, but it is the exact opposite with Dhawan.

He averages the lowest against this type of spin (33.8), getting dismissed every 37 deliveries – the lowest BPD (Balls per dismissal of all bowling types). His boundary % is also the lowest when it comes to left arm spin (34.68).

Bowling type Balls Dismissals Avg BPD Boundary%
Right arm pace 3072 58 48.7 52.9 61
Left arm pace 651 15 46.5 43.3 65
Off spin 730 13 49.3 56.1 43
SLA 297 8 33.8 37.1 35
Leg spin 298 7 44.1 42.5 48
Chinaman 36 0 80

Lengthwise analysis vs Pace:

Length Balls Dismissals BPD SR
Half Volley 86 0 88.37
Full length 558 16 35 136.92
Length 1872 31 60 73.99
Back of length 899 12 75 98.78
Short 242 10 24 140.91

The chart gives you an interesting conclusion: while you can tie down Dhawan by consistently hitting the length and back of length areas, it is very difficult to get him out. On the other hand, if you pitch is very full or very short, you would end up getting him sooner but also concede a lot.

Considering that India are playing all their Asia Cup matches at Dubai, where you neither get bounce nor movement in the air or off the seam, it is better to try and bore Dhawan out by hitting the length and back of length instead of pitching it full or short and getting punished.

Lengthwise vs spinners:

Length Balls Dismissals BPD SR
Half Volley 77 0 109.09
Full length 840 19 44 87.5
Length 400 7 57 96.5

The pattern here is obvious: if you are a slow bowler, pitch it full and you will be able to both restrict Dhawan (lowest SR of 87.5) and get him out faster (44 balls per dismissal)..

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