Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during his unbeaten innings © AFP
Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during his unbeaten innings © AFP

India toppled Sri Lanka in the series decider of the third ODI at Visakhapatnam on Sunday. After the hammering at Dharamsala, India showed character to seal the series in style. While Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav reduced Sri Lanka from 136 for 1 to 215 all-out, Shikhar Dhawan‘s blazing century and Shreyas Iyer’s 65 enabled an 8-wicket victory. In the post-match conference, Dhawan was adjudged Man of the Series for amassing 168 runs at an average of 84. He followed his scintillating fifty at Mohali with an unbeaten hundred in Visakhapatnam.

‘I’m an experienced player and I know how to handle the situation’

“I feel that I’m batting my best and I know my game very well know and that’s why my consistency has gone up. Technique, on the guard – where to stand and where not to – I’m an experienced player and I know how to handle the situation and as I mentioned those three are working well for me. Whenever I score fifty, most of the times I try and convert it into a hundred and my conversion rate is quite high,” stated a confidence Dhawan.

Interestingly, Dhawan made his international debut — playing his maiden ODI — at Visakhapatnam versus Australia in October 2010. He wanted to make full use of the opportunity in the series finale, and converted the chance by registering his 12th ton.

‘Happy that I led from the front and make my team win the game’

“It’s a goal to win as a team. You try and win games as a team and individual performances come later. I’m happy that I led from the front and make my team go through the final and win the game. I want to thank the crowd for supporting us, they have been phenomenal,” said Dhawan.

Did You Know: This is India’s eighth consecutive bilateral ODI series victory since June 2016.