If you play like King, you get out that way too: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan scored 119 off 123 balls in the first innings of the final Test.

Shikhar Dhawan
Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan celebrates after scoring a century. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his merry run in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. The veteran southpaw hit his second century of the series in the third and the final Test at Kandy. Dhawan is renowned for his trademark celebration whenever he gets to the three figure mark in any game. The fans get to see the twirling of his moustache, outstretched arms, and a big smile on his face.

However, when Shikhar Dhawan reached his century in Kandy, the celebration was a little different. The smile was still there but there were no outstretched arms. Instead, Dhawan made the V sign with both his hands as his hands were held aloft above his head. As per the recent quotes in Mid Day, Dhawan was asked about the reason behind the new celebration.

Dhawan gave a prompt reply as he said that the V sign had nothing to do with the fact that he made two tons in the series. It was rather because of the new name that he got from his teammates. When asked to disclose the new nickname, Dhawan cheekily replied that he will not disclose everything!

“It was a fun thing with the boys. That’s it. We made a sign. Nothing to do with the second century or anything. They gave me a new name and I was just celebrating that, that’s it. “I can’t disclose the name, not everything my friend,” quoted Shikhar Dhawan.

Playing like a king

The track at Kandy looked very batting friendly. No wonder why the Indian batsmen made merry on the first day of the game. However, despite the track offering great assistance, the Indian batsmen found ways to lose wickets in cluster towards the fag end of the day’s play. Commenting on this, Shikhar Dhawan said that if the batsmen are making runs like a king, then they have earned the privilege of throwing their wickets like kings too.

“Agar raja jaise khelte ho to raja raise out ho jao, soldier jaise nahin (If you have made runs aggressively, then you will get out that way too. That’s how it is),” said Dhawan.