India is Touring Srilanka with a relatively younger & inexperienced team. It proves India’s Depth to put together a limited over squad while some of the key players are away on tour in UK for the test series coming up in August. This Series would play a massive opportunity for the Younger players to cement their White ball stakes.
Shikhar Dhawan & Dominance in Middle Stages of ODI
Shikhar Dhawan has being named as captain for these games. He has been one of main stays India’s White ball setup over the past 8 years. Since he is no longer in the setup for Test Matches, he seemed to the ideal choice as a captain given the situation.
Dhawan is few runs short of 6000 ODI runs (5977). He has an impressive average of 45.3 & outstanding strike rate of 94 over the span of his Career. He along with Rohit Sharma over the last decade, a successful opening pair.
Below are 2 Key aspects to his batting as an ODI opener that he has displayed over his impressive career.
- Impressive Conversion Rate i.e (25% of his Innings) is where he bats all the way into the Middle stages of an ODI innings ( 20 to 40 overs).
- His Scoring Rate during this Middle Stage of an Odi game is Quite remarkable. (SR 116). This proves that there is an injection of momentum during this stage.
This Middle Stages of an ODI innings is where the Fielding team has a bit more relaxation. They can have additional protection with more players in the deep. For the batting team, this is generally phase of consolidation. Based on however the initial phase of the innings has flown, there would a strategy adopted to keep wickets in hand for the final 15 overs for a big bang.
Below Visual is an outstanding comparison of the Strike rate in the Middle Phase of the innings for the last decade. The basis of the comparison is Strike rate vs. the Runs scored in total during this phase.
The most striking feature here reveals the fact that Shikhar Dhawan Globally is ruling this phase. This is a huge accolade for Shikhar, especially considering some of the big Names Maxwell, ABD & Kohli. As mentioned earlier this acts as a massive platform for Team India to go big in the final stages towards a Finish line. His 17 ODI Centuries are a testament to this amazing scoring rate in the middle phase of the innings.
With an Added responsibility of the leading the younger team, Indian Fans would want him to continue this outstanding feature of his game.