Why Kohli will miss Gabbar's roar at World Cup

Virat Kohli with Shikhar Dhawan

London, June 12: Nicknamed 'Gabbar' for his batting style and trademark mustache, Shikhar Dhawan trasforms into a figure akin to the famed Bollywood villain as far as bowlers are concerned when he takes the the field at ICC tournaments.

Dhawan, who had also featured in the 2015 World Cup, scored his third century in World Cup competition against Australia on Sunday.

His fine knock helped India to post an imposing total of 352 against Australia.

He had earlier finished as the top scorer at the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2013. He had scored a total of 363 runs at the 2013 tournament and 338 runs at the 2017 event.

Dhawan was also the highest scorer for India at the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

He had a total of 412 runs at the tournament. The Delhi batsman had posted two centuries at that tournament with a the highest score 137 coming against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan's century against Australia was the 27th World Cup century by an Indian.

This is the most by any team. Australia are at the second spot with 26 while Sri Lanka are third with 24.

With 6 centuries, Sachin Tendulkar has the most three-figure scores at the World Cup by an Indian. Sourav Ganguly is second with 4.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting jointly hold the top spot with five centuries each.  

Dhawan's century knocks are also lucky for India. The men in blue have won 4 of the five ICC tournament matches in which Dhawan has posted three-figure scores.

If Dhawan is ruled out of the rest of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, it will be a huge jolt for the Indian team. It will be difficult for the team management to find a suitable replacement.

The absence of a proper number four batsman is already dogging the team, although Lokesh Rahul has done well in the two matches the Indians have played at this World Cup.

In such a situation, the absence of a proper opener will put an extra burden of the team management.

Dhawan was hit on the fingers after he was surprised by the awkward bounce of a Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery during the match against Australia. But he continued to bat with a tapped thumb despite the pain.

When the Australians came out to bat, Dhawan was excused from fielding duties with Ravindra Jadeja being the replacement fielder.

News24 Bureau

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