Dhawan scored a smooth 77-ball 72 as he added 124 runs for the first wicket with Shubman Gill in the opener of the ODI series at Auckland’s Eden Park.
But Shastri believes that despite Dhawan’s performance as both a player and captain, Dhawan’s efforts tend to be ignored, with the focus mainly on the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
Speaking on broadcasters Prime Video, Shastri said, “He has a huge amount of experience. He’s not getting the accolades he deserves. To be honest, most of the spotlight is on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But if you look at his one-day cricket record, and when you look at some of the innings he’s played against top teams in big games, that’s an excellent record.”
Shastri added that the 36-year-old opener has all the shots to succeed against quality fast bowlers.
“Having a left-hander at the top makes a lot of difference. He’s a natural striker, he’s got all the shots to counter top class fast bowling, the pull, the cut and the drive. He likes it when the ball hits the bat, and I think his experience will come in handy here.
“There are a lot of talented youngsters around, but I think his experience in this form of the game will be valuable,” said Shastri, who had called Dhawan a weapons player earlier this year.
In his 72-point knockout, Dhawanwho has over 6500 ODI runs hit 13 fours.
Dhawan will lead Punjab Kings in the next edition of the IPL.
(with input from PTI)