Rishi Dhawan stated ahead of the 2022 IPL Auction that he has been seeking a team for the past four or five years but has yet to find one. This time, he is more sure of the choices that he has made. Dhawan added that he had done what he can with what I had, and I’m hoping for the best in the auction.
He was properly rewarded for his solid efforts on the domestic circuit when Punjab Kings selected him in the auction for INR 55 lakhs. Dhawan, who had a tumultuous IPL career and last appeared in the competition in 2016, was given a second shot to fulfill his dreams.
The comeback of Rishi Dhawan against Chennai Super Kings
An opportunity to redeem himself on the big stage was offered to him in his comeback IPL game against Chennai Super Kings. He was tasked with bowling the final over, and he was up against MS Dhoni, a seasoned finisher. And he ended up dismissing the Indian legend to put the final touches on PBKS’ victory.
With the ball slipping down the leg-side, it wasn’t the finest of Dhawan’s career deliveries. Future generations may remember the all-rounder for the accouterment – headgear – he ended up wearing in the game to shield himself from being hit while bowling. If the surface was scraped, though, the greater picture that emerged from the night was one of a hard-working cricketer getting closer to his goal.
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Rishi Dhawan: The Dhoni connection
The Dhoni connection to his story does not, by coincidence, stop with the last over he bowled against CSK. However, it dates back to a T20I match between India and Zimbabwe in 2016. The door was left slightly ajar for Dhawan to become a hero in front of a loud home crowd. With Rishi Dhawan and Dhoni at the crease, the visitors needed eight runs off the last over.
Rishi Dhawan just had three deliveries (one of which was a wide) to make an impression. Rishi Dhawan attempted to shuffle across to the off-side twice in an attempt to crack shots behind square on the on-side, but Neville Madziva anticipated his moves and checkmated him with wide yorkers on each occasion.
After the series in Zimbabwe, Dhawan, who also played a few ODIs in Australia, hasn’t worn the India jersey since. When asked why he was omitted from India’s limited-overs team, Dhawan expressed disappointment in his voice. “It was quite difficult.
After putting in a lot of effort in the domestic circuit, with leading the wicket-taking charts, I was always in the top 10, top 5 in the domestic circuit, but after those kinds of results, I only got three games, which was a bit of a letdown for me. But it depends… In those 2-3 games, he didn’t play particularly well, he remarked.
Rishi Dhawan – on batting
With the willow in hand, Dhawan has also been attempting to take on more responsibilities. Himachal’s depth in the batting line-up, according to the all-rounder, let him play with more freedom. It was about keeping a positive attitude throughout the competition, and the aim was to play until the very last over.
Rishi Dhawan said that his teammates did an outstanding job in all of the games, but they were allowing him to go out and play freely since there was another hitter coming over to bat after him, so I had a little more leeway to go out and express myself. He has been in charge of the team for the past three to four years. For the last three to four years, our batting lineup hasn’t been clicking.