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Shikhar Dhawan: The 'Champion' performer

June 14, 2017 08:43 IST

With three consecutive half-centuries already in the Champions Trophy, Shikhar Dhawan continues his love affair with ICC tournaments.
Rajneesh Gupta tells us all about Dhawan's superb showing with the bat.

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

If K L Rahul was fit, Shikhar Dhawan may not have been part of the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy.

As destiny would have it, the left-hander made an unexpected comeback and has made the most of the opportunity, hitting half-centuries in all three league games to silence all doubts over his recall to the ODI side.

Dhawan continued his love affair with ICC tournaments as can be seen from his three innings in this tournament: 68 (vs Pakistan), 125 (vs Sri Lanka) and 78 (vs South Africa), which was instrumental in India finishing top of the group and advancing to the semi-finals.

In the last ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, Dhawan had played a key role in India's title triumph, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with 363 runs.

He was rightly named as the player of the tournament.

Check out Dhawan's record in ICC ODI tournaments:

Tournament Inns Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
World Cup 8 412 137 51.50 91.75 2 1
Champions Trophy 8 634 125 90.57 100.00 3 3
Total 16 1046 137 69.73 96.58 5 4

Dhawan's batting average of 69.73 is the second highest for any batsman scoring 500 or more runs in the ICC ODI tournaments.

Only Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds is ahead with an average of 76.66.

Highest average in ICC ODI tournaments: (Minimum 500 runs)

  Inns Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100 50
Andrew Symonds (Australia) 19 690 143* 76.66 95.43 1 5
Shikhar Dhawan (India) 16 1,046 137 69.73 96.58 5 4
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) 12 513 128* 64.12 80.78 3 1
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 25 1,204 113* 63.36 78.79 5 4
Vivian Richards (West Indies) 21 1,013 181 63.31 85.05 3 5
Sourav Ganguly (India) 32 1,671 183 61.88 79.64 7 6
Glenn Turner (New Zealand) 14 612 171* 61.20 64.01 2 2
Steve Smith (Australia) 13 541 105 60.11 90.46 1 5

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan in action. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

In the game against Sri Lanka, Dhawan completed 500 runs in ICC Champions Trophy.

In doing so, he became the quickest to reach this milestone, taking only seven innings.

Quickest to reach 500 runs in ICC Champions Trophy

Inns Player
7 Shikhar Dhawan
8 Sourav Ganguly
12 Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
12 Chris Gayle (West Indies)
13 Rahul Dravid (India)
14 Shivnaraine Chanderpaul (West Indies)

Dhawan's run tally of 634 runs is now the fifth highest for any batsman in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Most runs in ICC Champions Trophy:

  Innings Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100 50
Chris Gayle 17 791 133* 52.73 88.77 3 1
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 21 742 84* 41.22 84.80 0 5
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 21 683 134* 37.94 71.36 1 4
Sourav Ganguly 11 665 141* 73.88 83.12 3 3
Jacques Kallis 17 653 113* 46.64 77.46 1 3
Shikhar Dhawan 8 634 125 90.57 100.00 3 3
Rahul Dravid 15 627 76 48.23 73.33 0 6
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 18 593 111* 39.53 76.51 1 4
Shivnaraine Chanderpaul 16 587 74 53.36 67.93 0 5
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 20 536 102* 29.77 88.01 1 1

Dhawan's hundred against Sri Lanka was his third in the ICC Champions Trophy. He now shares the record of most hundreds in this tournament.

Most centuries in ICC Champions Trophy:

100s Innings Player
3 8 Shikhar Dhawan
3 10 Herschelle Gibbs
3 11 Sourav Ganguly
3 17 Chris Gayle

Of his eight innings in ICC Champions Trophy tournaments, Dhawan has scored at least a fifty six times -- that's a phenomenal conversion rate of 75%.

Highest percentage of 50-plus scores in ICC Champions Trophy: (Minimum 3 fifties)

% Player 100 50 50+ Innings
75.00 Shikhar Dhawan 3 3 6 8
75.00 Saeed Anwar 2 1 3 4
66.66 Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 1 3 4 6
57.14 Upal Tharanga (Sri Lanka) 2 2 4 7
54.55 Sourav Ganguly 3 3 6 13
50.00 Rohit Sharma (India) 0 4 4 8
50.00 Marcus Trescothick (England) 2 2 4 8

Only four batsmen have scored more hundreds than Dhawan in ICC ODI tournaments.

The Indian opener has the lowest innings per hundred ratio.

Also, his average is the best among the lot.

Most centuries in ICC ODI tournaments:

  100s Innings Average
Sourav Ganguly 7 32 61.88
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 7 58 52.28
Ricky Ponting 6 60 44.07
Kumar Sangakkara 6 56 49.22
Shikhar Dhawan 5 16 69.73
Tilakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) 5 38 49.16
Chris Gayle 5 43 43.37
Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) 5 33 54.53
Saeed Anwar 5 25 63.36

Rajneesh Gupta