IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan leads the Punjab Kings by example, says Muhammad Kaif
NEW DELHI, April 13 (IANS) Hailing Shikhar Dhawan for his impressive form in the ongoing IPL 2023, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif says the Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain is leading his team by example.
Dhawan, who has played a crucial role in cementing his team in competitive aggregates, is the leading run scorer in IPL 2023, smashing 225 runs at a strike rate of 149.00 including consecutive unbeaten 50 runs in the last two matches. .
The left-hander hit 86 not out against Rajasthan Royals and remained unbeaten on 99 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Punjab Kings’ bowling is good. A team that has a good bowling unit has a better chance of finishing in the top four of the IPL. Shikhar Dhawan is the successor of the IPL. He is in good form and leads his team by example. These conditions have boosted his team’s chances of going a long way this season,” Kaif said on Star Sports live cricket show.
Meanwhile, Australia’s all-rounder David Hussey praised Dhawan for the way he bats, calling the senior Indian cricketer the best in the field.
“The strategy of Punjab Kings seems simple in this IPL, i.e. batting around Shikhar Dhawan. He has paced his innings brilliantly in the tournament, he is a world class player,” Hussey said.
With two wins and three losses in three games, PBKS is sixth in the standings with four points. They will next meet defending champions Gujarat Titans at home on April 13.
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