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Shikhar Dhawan, the veteran southpaw, has reached a historic milestone, joining Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli on the elite list

Shikhar Dhawan became the sixth Indian batsman to reach 12000+ runs in List A cricket after a mature inning of 72 off 77 deliveries against New Zealand in the opening ODI of the series at Eden Park in Auckland.

Dhawan needed 47 runs to reach this milestone, which he accomplished with his 39th half-century in ODI cricket. His career total in the format is 47 centuries. Over the years, the southpaw has shown his worth again and again, and he was instrumental in India’s victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

On Friday, he and opening partner Shubman Gill gave India an excellent start. Gill struck a half-century under pressure before Shreyas Iyer stepped in and stole the show in the middle overs. Finally, Washington Sundar’s incredible cameo set a few records as India reached 306 after 50 overs.

The bowlers, on the other hand, absolutely let the Men in Blue down, and the Kiwis had little trouble chasing the score down. The Indian squad was cruising to victory with three fast wickets of Finn Allen, Devon Conway, and Daryl Mitchell, but Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson dragged the game back to give New Zealand a win in the opening match of the ODI series.

Dhawan, the Indian team’s stand-in captain, acknowledged in the post-match presentation that the squad was sure of winning the game in the middle innings and pointed out where their strategy went wrong.