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Irfan Pathan Believes Shikhar Dhawan Has a Point to Prove in IPL 2023

Irfan Pathan Believes Shikhar Dhawan Has a Point to Prove in IPL 2023

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed his belief that Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper Shikhar Dhawan has a lot to prove in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Dhawan played a crucial innings in PBKS’ second IPL 2023 match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 5, scoring a match-winning unbeaten 86 from 56 balls in Guwahati.

Ahead of the match, Pathan emphasized the importance of Dhawan’s form not just for the team, but also for the player himself. He stated that as a senior player in the IPL, Dhawan has been consistent with the bat and has a strong mindset. Pathan further noted that Dhawan’s recent experiences of being in and out of the Indian team may have affected him, and that he wants to prove that he is still a force to be reckoned with in Indian cricket.

“Shikhar Dhawan is a senior player in IPL and has been very consistent with the bat too. He’s a very powerful player who possesses a very strong mind. He has to prove himself as a captain this year, and for that, his batting is essential,” Pathan told Star Sports.

“Being in and out of the Indian team must have bothered him, and that’s why he would like to prove that he is still the real Gabbar of Indian cricket,” he added.

In the match against RR, Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh put on a 90-run opening partnership, with Dhawan leading the charge with his aggressive strokeplay. Prabhsimran, too, played a solid innings of 60 from 34 balls, and together they set a target of 198 runs for RR. Nathan Ellis picked up a four-wicket haul for RR, but in the end, Punjab’s total proved too much for Sanju Samson’s team, who finished five runs short of the target.

PBKS will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 9, while RR will play Delhi Capitals on April 8. With Dhawan finding his form early in the tournament, PBKS will hope to continue their winning momentum in the upcoming matches.

In summary, Pathan’s observation about Dhawan’s desire to prove himself after being in and out of the Indian team adds context to the opener’s performance in the recent match. The article highlights Dhawan’s consistency in the IPL and emphasizes the importance of his role as a senior player and captain of PBKS. The details of the match against RR and the upcoming fixtures of both teams are also provided.

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