Shikhar Dhawan's place in India's T20 International (T20I) side might be under scrutiny, but as far as his Indian Premier League (IPL) form is concerned, he has been as consistent as anyone else in the tournament.
Often criticised, at least in T20Is for his low strike-rate at the top, Dhawan said that he has been consciously working to improve it. "It was a conscious effort from my side. I knew I have to improve on that (strike rate). Started taking more risks. Not afraid of changes, always open towards it. Not scared of getting out as well," said Dhawan, who batted at a strike rate of 187.86, after the six-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS).
The left-hander said he has also been working on his strokeplay. "I have worked on a few shots. My slog shot has improved a lot. It was there earlier as well, but now I play it more freely. I'm more relaxed, having played for so many years. I don't take things for granted."
Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant said he has started to enjoy captaincy. "Coming from a loss, winning the next match was important. Have already started enjoying captaincy. But we were under pressure at the start, the wicket was not doing much."
"Bowlers did a good job keeping them to 195. He (Dhawan) has a lot of experience. You can to talk to him about anything, how we can set the field, there are many stuff you can talk about. End of the day, what he's giving to the team is commendable," Pant said.
Punjab skipper KL Rahul, who turned 29 on Sunday, said they put up a decent total but defending at Wankhede is always tough. "Right now it looks 10-15 runs short, but I think 190-odd looked good. Me and Mayank thought 180-190 would have been great on this wicket. Shikhar batted well, so congratulations to them.
"When we come to Wankhede, bowling second is always a challenge. We prepare for such conditions. It does get difficult against these quality batters. I'm not saying that because I'm on the losing side," he said.
"Bowlers try to bowl with the wet ball, but it's always difficult to do that. I asked the umpires to change the ball a couple of times (as it was wet), but the rule book doesn't allow that," Rahul said.
DC take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in their next game on Tuesday (April 19) in Chennai.
(With inputs from PTI)