Shikhar Dhawan credited hard work for his success against Australia in the ongoing Test here. “I’ve been working hard since I was dropped after I played the last ODI for India. I worked really hard and changed myself and became a more mature player.
“I was waiting for a chance after doing well in the domestic circuit,” said Dhawan.
Dhawan said, “I wasn’t really playing in a hurry. The fours were coming after the ball hit the bat.
But I guess I was in a good flow today and my shot selection was good. “I was hitting the ball well, I was middling the ball very nicely and the runs came. My only focus was that I’d play the ball on merit.”
The left-hander praised partner Murali Vijay. “We’ve played together many times. One feels very good, when your partner comes to you to congratulate for even your first run.
Dhawan rated the Australian bowlers high.
“I had faced (Mitchell) Starc and (James) Pattinson in the Emerging Trophy. I knew their bowling but, of course, they’re very good bowlers, I wanted to respect their good deliveries but if I got a loose ball, I wanted to go for it.”
Moment of the match
His moment of the match came in receiving his Test cap from SachinTendulkar.
“It was a great moment for me to get my cap from Sachin. It is always a great honour to play with him.
“As a kid, we all have dreamed of playing with Sachin and that dream has come true.
“He told me that ‘we all have known you as a gutsy player, and you’ve been performing well in the domestic circuit. We’d like to see your gutsy nature and shots over here.’”