India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling Asia Cup 2018 final on Friday. In the finals, it was some gritty batting by Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar that helped them cross the line on the last ball of the match, which forced fans and spectators to bite their nails till the end.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was the top scorer in the tournament with 342 runs in five matches at an average of over 70, was selected the ‘Player of the Series’. He registered scores of 127, 46, 40, 114 and 15 in the Asia Cup 2018. His opening partner Rohit Sharma was the second highest run-getter with 317 runs at an average of 105.66 in five matches. Dhawan, however, failed to score big in the summit clash. He scored just 15 runs before falling prey to left-arm Bangladesh spinner Nazmul Islam.
After the match, Dhawan was seen holding the Asia Cup trophy along with his son of which he posted a picture on Instagram. His post read: “Holding the trophy with my son #Zoraver was one of the best moments of the night. A great series, fantastic finals and #Asiacup stays with us. #teamindia#asiacup2018 #champions”
The left-handed opener, who had a horrid time in England where he failed to register a single fifty-plus score in eight innings, said that he while he was under pressure in England, he wanted to achieve consistency in his batting to go with the elegance during the Asia Cup.
“I enjoyed this tournament. Fantastic final. Good tournament for me and enjoyed my batting, and hope to continue the same way,” he said during the post-match presentation. “I enjoy playing it in a cool and mature manner. I was playing more calmly this time, and I want consistency and elegance at the same time,” he added.