Shikhar Dhawan made a comeback in the Test side and didn’t waste the opportunity to prove his worth after the left-hander went on to score career best 190 in the first innings against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Shikhar Dhawan admitted it was the lack of turn that encouraged him to step out than any concerted plan. But it also neutralised Sri Lankan spinners’ ploy to make him play the cut as often as possible and induce an edge to the keeper.
After a dismal start to the Test, Sri Lanka cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha is confident that the batsmen will turn things around with a good show when they come out to bat.
Shikhar Dhawan returned to Tests in emphatic fashion as the left-hander smashed a 168-ball 190 on the opening day of the first India-Sri Lanka Test at Galle. The opener’s aggressive knock powered India to 399/3 before day’s play ended.
India were 399/3 at stumps on Day 1 of the opening Test against Sri Lanka at Galle on a surface that was greener than usual. It aided the Indian batting and with a toothless attack by the home side, Shikhar Dhawan and Chteshwar Pujara made merry.
With only practice game before three back-to-back Tests in Galle, Colombo and Pallekele, openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning KL Rahul were seen practising in full swing.
It is the first tour that India undertake with Ravi Shastri as their head coach and also Virat Kohli’s second away series as India’s full-time captain apart from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India play Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle on July 26.
There are several factors that work for Shikhar Dhawan. He is vastly experienced, likely to be untroubled by the home-like conditions of Sri Lanka, where he scored his last Test hundred, and moreover is an immensely likeable figure in the dressing room.
Opener Murali Vijay was earlier picked in India’s squad against Sri Lanka. However, after enduring an injury, he was replaced by Shikhar Dhawan by the BCCI for the upcoming series that include three-match Test series.
Hardik Pandya posted a photo of him with Shikhar Dhawan’s son Zoravar on his official Twitter account, praising Zoravar’s new hairstyle and saying that he will copy the boy. He even called the boy ‘trend setter’.
It was indiscriminate shot-selection that primarily undid the Indian batsmen during fourth One-Day International match against West Indies. Chasing a total of 190 runs, India fell short by 11 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form with the bat shared his experience of making his ODI debut in down under and his interaction with Shane Watson during Australia’s tour of India in 2013.
India won the match after a stellar show from MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Kedar Jadhav with the bat and Kuldeep Yadav with the ball. Ravichandran Ashwin also chipped in with three wickets as India took a 2-0 lead in the series.
India beat West Indies by 93 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. With three matches having already been played, West Indies can now only draw the series.
Shikhar Dhawan experienced a rare failure with the bat when he was dismissed for 2 against West Indies in the third ODI in Antigua while trying to go for an uppercut on a short delivery from Miguel Cummins but only managed to give a catch to Roston Chase.