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‘I was waiting for this chance’

In the post-match interaction,he revealed he was a bit nervous.

After waiting more than two and a half years after his ODI debut to get a Test call up,Shikhar Dhawan made it count with a stunning knock on Saturday. In the post-match interaction,he revealed he was a bit nervous. Excerpts.

On debut nerves

I was really nervous as I approached my fifty and century. But I was not in a hurry,the fours were just coming,the shot selection was good and I was in flow. I have faced the Australian bowlers before in the emerging trophy and I knew their bowling.

On his strategy

I was just middling the ball and wanted to play the ball according to merit. It was a satisfying feeling. I have been working hard since being dropped from the Indian team and I have changed myself,and was waiting for a chance…It has always been a dream to score runs on debut.

On his disastrous ODI debut

I remember my ODI debut which was also against Australia,I got out for zero and Dhoni bhai told me that whoever has got out for zero on India debut has done well later on!

On the partnership with Vijay

I felt happy that Vijay congratulated me on scoring my first international run. We have opened together in past and have a good understanding.