Twitter Reactions: Shikhar Dhawan makes a comeback in the whites with a splendid ton
He is batting on 150 from 147 balls, has stroked 23 boundaries in his knock thus far.
Updated - Jul 26, 2017 2:25 pm
He hadn’t played a Test match since September of 2016, the only game he played in the 13 Test home season was the second match against New Zealand where he scored 18 runs in two innings. The team didn’t summon him despite recovering from the injury and Shikhar Dhawan is in Sri Lanka and at Galle the place where he scored his last Test hundred; the only in last 9 innings.
On the first morning of the Galle Test probably the best time to bat in the match, Virat Kohli won the toss and the left-hander was out to open the innings with a new partner, Abhinav Mukund; the 9th pair in last two years. Dhawan gave India a positive start showing the intent to get runs and clean runs. Mukund also hit a couple of cracking shots but was on his way back for 12 from 26.
Dhawan, on the other hand, played the ball on the up easing into his shots, hitting the ball down the ground with minimal risk. He used his feet once the spinners were introduced to get the boundaries. When the faster bowlers tried to test him with the short ones he hung on the back foot and pulled them to the boundary.
He cut, he sliced, he drove and he smashed displaying a wide array of shots to get his runs against all the bowlers around the park. The Lankans gave him a life on 31; he had hit five boundaries till then and showed no intentions of slowing down.
In the 22nd over, he drove Dilruwan Perera to get to his half century from 62 balls; it was his first since July 2016. Sri Lankan skipper Rangana Herath brought himself into the attack to break the nourishing partnership for the second wicket between Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara but couldn’t force the duo into making a mistake.
Shikhar continued to pick the gaps beautifully and the bowlers straying in line just helped him thrash them with disdain. Perera, Pradeep, Herath and Lahiru Kumar all the four bowlers couldn’t trouble him and on the 110th ball of his inning, he got to his 5th Test century and a splendid one on comeback.
As I write about his hundred he has got to the 150, from 147 balls he has stroked 23 boundaries in his knock thus far and if he keeps going at this pace has a really good chance of scoring a triple ton by the end of the day. Team India has put on 242 runs on the board in 48 overs and is all set for a massive first innings total.
Here is how Twitterati congratulated Dhawan for his effort
Fastest centuries for India in Tests since 2011: (Balls)
85 Shikhar Dhawan
90 V Sehwag
101 Shikhar Dhawan
110 SHIKHAR DHAWAN*#SLvIND
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) July 26, 2017
Well played Shikhar Dhawan. At least you were fit and ready and had the intent to make this opportunity count.
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 26, 2017
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 26, 2017
Shikhar Dhawan's favourite type of cricket – ICC tournaments and Galle Tests #SLvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 26, 2017
Rangana Herhath: I have a special planning to get out early Indian betsman.
Shikhar Dhawan: Lol
Cheteshwar Pujara: Lmao#IndvsSL
— Banna. (@iJaiDeep_) July 26, 2017
— Mandakini (@mandakini_) July 26, 2017
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) July 26, 2017
— Debasis Sen (@debasissen) July 26, 2017
— RRRTweets (@rushiraj07) July 26, 2017
Fastest centuries by Indians in Tests since 2013:
85 – Dhawan v AUS, 2013
101 – Dhawan v BAN, 2015
110 – Dhawan v SL, 2017*#SLvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) July 26, 2017
He has had a chance but @SDhawan25 has played most positively. Has looked in good rhythm
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 26, 2017
Dhawan is fed up, batting helmetless now…this is a joke of a Test match… Zimbabwe one was much better and interesting!
— P₹akash $inha ?? (@Predicto_Praky) July 26, 2017
40 overs with a run rate of 5 r/o
Both batsmen especially Dhawan is utilizing the opportunity to full extent.
400+ score is minimum#SLvIND
— Pavilion Talks (@PavilionTalks) July 26, 2017
After Dhawan's Debut (2010) Most International 100s for IND (away)
24 Virat Kohli
11 S Dhawan
7 A Rahane
5 R Sharma
— VamsiKrishnaPusala (@Chay_Vamsi) July 26, 2017