Left-handed opener Shikhar hit 71 in a winning cause for Sunrisers against Kandurata Maroons in a Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night (September 17). His batting was not affected by captaincy responsibility.
"This was a totally a new experience for me as a captain. It was my first day as captain so I have a lot to learn. I will make a lot of mistakes, and have to learn from them. It is part and parcel of the captaincy," Shikhar said after the match.
Just a few days before the start of the tournament, Shikhar was handed the leadership role.
In his first game as skipper, Shikhar, however, did not use their lead spinner Amit Mishra well. He has bowled just the one over. When asked about that, Shikhar said he should have used him more.
"I thought this wicket didn't support turn but I should have used him more (Mishra). Plus they had a lot of left-handers so we didn't think the spinners would do much. I felt the fast bowlers had more to offer on this track," he said.
"It was a good total from their side, but I knew it was chaseable because on this ground it is easier to chase," he added.
Kandurata Maroons captain Lahiru Thirimanne said the bowlers let the team down despite a good total of 169.
"I think 170 was a very good score on this pitch. In the end of the day, it was hard to contain runs. Getting Dhawan was a valuable wicket. So was Parthiv's. It was hard to contain runs as bowlers did not bowl to a plan. We need to improve our bowling," he said.