IPL 2018, Week 1: Best individual performances
The Indian Premier League has completed a week filled with excitement, emotion, and thrill which brought a smile on the faces of the fans. The first week witnessed wonderful moments which will be remembered for a long time. These moments included some fine bowling spells, some electric fielding, big hits and last ball thrillers. Week one of the IPL proved to be a fan's delight as the first game became the most watched IPL game in history.
Whilst the teams were trying to stamp their dominance there were a few players who were looking to turn their team's fortune around with their scintillating performances. All games so far have seen some performance or the other, we'll highlight a few such performances where one player took the game away from the opposition in a flash.
On this note, let us take a look at six best individual performances from week 1.
Note: Updated 14th April till Match No. 8 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab
#7 Shikhar Dhawan dominates by scoring 77*
The 4th game of IPL 2018, the crowd was waiting in anticipation. The Sunrisers Hyderabad were taking on the Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad, both the teams were coming off a setback as they had lost their captains, David Warner and Steve Smith, respectively. The Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first.
A brilliant effort from the SRH bowlers stopped the Royals from scoring freely, the bowlers restricted them to 125. Chasing a modest target of 126 the Sunrisers had an early blow in the form of Wriddhiman Saha who was out caught. Despite the early wicket, the southpaw Shikhar Dhawan ensured that the Sunrisers do not lose any more wickets.
Dhawan alongside his skipper scored 121 to take the Sunrisers home. The aggressive batsman scored the majority of the runs, he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground as he smashed 13 boundaries and a six. Dhawan's unbeaten 77 helped the home side to overpower the Royals from Rajasthan. He was awarded the man of the match for his performance.