.In the seven innings across formats in this home series against the West Indies, Shikhar Dhawan's best effort was a scratchy 43 in Lucknow that had come under the shadow of his opening partner Rohit Sharma's hundred. More embarrassingly, he'd made a nemesis out of rookie pacer, Oshane Thomas, who castled him on three successive occasions since making his international debut.
After a forgettable tour of England in whites, where he had managed only 162 runs in eight innings, the southpaw already found himself pushed out of the Test series at home. Things weren't in place for the opener who was undergoing a big-score drought.
For Rishabh Pant too, the series had been odd. Axe fell on him after he failed to convert both his starts in the preceding ODI series as India found themselves under pressure midway in the face of an unexpected fightback from Windies. Consequently, Pant spent the final two games on the bench.
Back into the T20I eleven, after MS Dhoni was 'rested', Pant had only managed scores of 1 and 5 respectively before landing in Chennai. If not from the former Indian captain, who the board appear to be phasing out of the T20I format, there was pressure mounting from fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who in his new avatar as a finisher had stepped up well.
With a tough Australian tour coming up shortly, Dhawan and Pant's dry patch was starting to stick out like a sore thumb. But on Sunday, both the Delhi batsmen wiped off India's worry lines with their career-best knocks in a drama-filled climax to West Indies' tour of India.
At the beginning of their 182-run chase, it was largely Dhawan that helped India gain the maximum out of the new ball and fielding restrictions. He used his feet particularly well against Khary Pierre, who bowled two overs of left-arm spin inside powerplay, and then upped the ante against pacers. .
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