India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: India opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a brilliant 75* to help India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Dhawan’s knock ensured India win with a convincing eight wickets. This will not only help India in the ongoing series but also help Dhawan who has been short of runs. Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten as India won the match and the two were seen smiling all the way to the dressing room after the win. Dhawan also took to Twitter to express how he felt. His picture with Rayudu smiling into the dressing room was captioned, “The taste of victory always leaves a smile on the face. Thank you for always encouraging us. Rab rakha.”
Meanwhile, Dhawan also became the second-fastest to 5000 ODI runs. Dhawan breached the mark during the sixth over of India’s 158-run chase against New Zealand in the first of the ongoing five-match ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier. With this, he surpassed the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Graeme Smith and matched Brian Lara to become the joint-fastest left-handed batsman to achieve the milestone. The explosive India opener achieved the feat in 118 innings.
Hashim Amla remains the fastest to reach 5000 runs in ODI cricket as he needed only 101 innings. West Indies great Vivian Richards achieved the feat in 114 innings while India captain Virat Kohli needed only as many innings to get there.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli lavish in his praise for pacer Mohammed Shami, the fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets, said the injury-prone bowler is at his best in terms of fitness right now. Shami, who delivered a man of the match-winning haul of 3/19 in the first ODI against New Zealand here, failed the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test last year and was also bogged down by some personal issues.
But putting all those troubles behind him, Shami reached the 100-wicket mark in his 56th game. On Wednesday, he dismissed openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the six overs he bowled.”The fast bowling group together believes they can knock any side over. And the belief in his (Shami) own ability and his fitness – this is the fittest I’ve seen him in his career. And his Test form has translated into one-day cricket,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.