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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: In-form Shikhar Dhawan Chills Ahead of Title Clash

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 18, 2017, 12:17 PM IST
India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: In-form Shikhar Dhawan Chills Ahead of Title Clash

(Image Credit: Shikhar Dhawan/ Instagram)

New Delhi: It is very important for players to switch off before big games. They usually don’t want the burden of expectation to get to them and hence take to different ways to chill out. The Indian cricket team has played quite a few high-voltage encounters over the last few years and just before Sunday’s India versus Pakistan clash, Shikhar Dhawan was seen doing exactly that when he posted a picture on photo sharing site ‘Instagram’ which shows him taking some time off in between practice on Saturday.

The 31-year-old is seen lying on his back, with his arms up in the air, signaling ‘All the best’. While Ravichandran Ashwin is seen sitting at a distance with his right knee heavily strapped.

Relaxing after practice.. @dk00019 @rashwin99 @kedarjadhavofficial 😊😊👌👌

A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on

Ashwin is said to have picked up an injury during practice on Saturday. He went off the field grimacing with pain but then around half and hour later resumed training again. But captain Virat Kohli has hinted that he will keep the same playing XI despite Ashwin’s injury.

Dhawan on the other hand has been in terrific form in the tournament. He started off by hammering 68 against Pakistan and then carried on the form against Sri Lanka where he smashed 125. In the next game which was a virtual quarterfinal against South Africa, he delivered again with a scintillating 78 which took India to the brink of victory. India won the game handsomely to storm into the semis.

In the last four clash, Dhawan was again at his best against Bangladesh. He scored a quickfire 46 and looked set to get another big one but then managed to get out chipping one to point. The left-hander however, will surely not be satisfied till he has smashed a big one in the final against Pakistan on Sunday. And why can’t he? He has been the tournament’s best batsman still now.
First Published: June 18, 2017, 12:14 PM IST

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