Delhi Capitals opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan continued his golden run in IPL 2020 by creating history against the Kings XI Punjab. The southpaw became the first ever batsman in IPL history to score two back-to-back centuries.
In Delhi’s last game against CSK, Dhawan had scored an unbeaten 58-ball 101 and against the Kings today, he hit yet another unbeaten century – a 61-ball 106.
Delhi won the toss and elected to bat first. While they were impressive in the powerplay, they slowed down in the middle overs, courtesy some brilliant spells from Glenn Maxwell, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammed Shami.
Shami was the pick of the bowlers yet again, taking two wickets for only 28 runs. On the back of Dhawan’s century, Delhi managed to take the total to 164-5 in their 20 overs.
The redemption of Shikhar Dhawan
In his first six matches of IPL 2020, Dhawan could manage only 132 runs at a strike rate of 120. But he has been in terrific form in the last four games. Dhawan has scores of 69 not out, 57 and 101 not out in his last three innings and today’s knock of 106 was the best of the lot.
The other players in IPL who have scored more than one century in a single edition are Shane Watson (2), Hashim Amla (2), Chris Gayle (2) and Virat Kohli (4).
Meanwhile, keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who made a comeback into the playing XI after recovering from an injury, was promoted up the order to number 4 but could muster only 14 runs off 20 balls.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the second consecutive century from Shikhar Dhawan
First player to score consecutive 100s in the IPL. Well done, @SDhawan25 🎯🎯
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 20, 2020
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 20, 2020
'Gabbar' you beauty ... calm n collected ... Shikhar 2.0 #DCvsKXIP
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 20, 2020
— EERIEque LaSCARE 👻🎃 (@tarequelaskar) October 20, 2020
Gabbar ke taap se tumhe ek hi aadmi bacha sakta hai. Ek hi aadmi. Khud Gabbar 🔥@SDhawan25 becomes the first player to score back-to-back 💯s in the @IPL 😎#KXIPvDC #Dream11IPL #YehHaiNayiDilli pic.twitter.com/t8Y2oPB0MU
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) October 20, 2020
This Gabbar is batting like a dream @SDhawan25 Back to back 💯 s ‘ not easy in t20 ! Many congratulations jatt ji for becoming the only player to score 2 consecutive Tons in the ipl ! Not a hard task for @kxip but @DelhiCapitals got some bowlers ! @MdShami11 top spell ! #IPL2020
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 20, 2020
Shikhar Dhawan in this #IPL2020
•First 6 Matches :- 132 runs, 120 SR, 22 Ave.
•Next 4 Matches :- 333 runs, 163.32 SR, 333.0 Ave.
Shikhar you beauty. Remarkable comeback and such a amazing batting.!! #Gabbar #KXIPvDC pic.twitter.com/3bYSu1aghe
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) October 20, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 20, 2020
— Dotasara Krishan Choudhary (@DotasaraC) October 20, 2020
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 20, 2020
Multiple 100+ scores in an IPL season
4 Virat Kohli in 2016 (RCB)
2 Chris Gayle in 2011 (RCB)
2 Hashim Amla in 2017 (KXIP)
2 Shane Watson in 2018 (CSK)
2 Shikhar Dhawan (DC)#KXIPvDC
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 20, 2020