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.
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.
|Q de Kock||2080||99.18|
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|
|Q de Kock||4322||463||9.3|
*boundary here takes only 4s into account
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.
|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).
|Right arm pace||3072||58||48.7||52.9||61|
|Left arm pace||651||15||46.5||43.3||65|
Lengthwise analysis vs Pace:
|Back of length||899||12||75||98.78|
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:
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)..