Think of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shikhar Dhawan</a> when it comes to ODI cricket, and chances are one of the first images to come to mind will be of the left-hand <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">India</a> opening batsman scoring runs in ICC events.. <p></p> <p></p>Just two weeks before the start of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a>, Dhawan looms large as a potentially strong force for India not just for his achievements at ICC events but also because of his success in England. <p></p> <p></p>Coming off a successful IPL 2019 campaign for Delhi Daredevils, in which he finished as the league's fourth-highest run-getter with 521, will Dhawan be able to dominate another ICC event in his favourite country for batting? <p></p> <p></p>In 18 matches of ICC tournaments - the World Cup and Champions Trophy - Dhawan has totalled 1113 runs at an average of 65.47 and strike-rate of 97.71, with five centuries and four half-centuries. In 17 ODI innings in England, he has made 976 runs at 65.06 and a strike-rate of 101.03, with three hundreds and four fifties. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/shikhar-dhawan-not-sweating-over-format-switch-ahead-of-world-cup-843681" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shikhar Dhawan not sweating over format switch ahead of World Cup</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Called back to India's ODI squad after nearly two years for the 2013 Champions Trophy, Dhawan marked his comeback match by scoring 114 off 94 balls <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-champions-trophy-2013-2150/live-scores/india-vs-south-africa-1st-odi-match-group-b-11548-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">against South Africa at Cardiff</a>. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_844410" align="alignnone" width="900"]<img class="size-full wp-image-844410" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DhawanICC.jpg" alt="shikhar dhawan icc tournament" width="900" height="728" /> Shikhar Dhawan averages over 65 at ICC events and in England. He marked his comeback in 2013 with 114 at Cardiff. Getty[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Displaying excellent hand-eye coordination and timing - he rarely hit the ball in the air - Dhawan attacked South Africa's pace bowlers in a dazzling innings. He sped to his half-century in 44 balls and reached his first ODI century in 80 balls, a terrific innings that set up India's 23-run win. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-ms-dhoni-gives-me-the-freedom-to-do-my-thing-virat-kohli-843943" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MS Dhoni gives me the freedom to do my thing - Virat Kohli</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Dhawan's second century in the next match at The Oval, where <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-champions-trophy-2013-2150/live-scores/india-vs-west-indies-6th-odi-match-group-b-11553-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">India beat West Indies by eight wickets</a> with 65 deliveries remaining. His unbeaten 102 off 107 balls was another eye-catching effort highlighted by crisp driving and fierce horizontal-bat shots. <p></p> <p></p>Dhawan followed this up with scores of 48, 68 and 31 to be<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/lady-luck-by-his-side-shikhar-dhawan-emerges-as-icc-champions-trophy-2013-rsquo-s-most-outstanding-batsman-28253" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> named Player of the Tournament</a> in India's title run under MS Dhoni. <p></p> <p></p>At the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan got India's campaign off to a strong start at the MCG where he made <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/shikhar-dhawans-return-to-form-mirrors-indias-change-in-fortunes-at-icc-cricket-world-cup-2015-254850" target="_blank" rel="noopener">137 off 146 balls against South Africa</a>. That hundred helped the defending champions post 307/7, which South Africa fell short of by 130 runs - their worst World Cup defeat ever. <p></p> <p></p>That was followed by scores of 14, 9, 100, 4, 30 and 45 as Indian ended their World Cup run at the semi-final stage. <p></p> <p></p>Two years later, in England during the 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhawan scored 68, 125, 78, 46 and 21 as India made it to the final. A total of 338 runs at 67.6 earned him the title of Batsman of the Series. <p></p> <p></p>What will 2019 hold for Dhawan in England at the World Cup?