Shikhar Dhawan said that his Indian Premier League (IPL) experience came handy because he has been a direct beneficiary of facing Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan at the Sunrisers Hyderabad nets for the past two years.
“One thing (advantage) is that I have faced him (Rashid) in the nets for the past two years as we play for the same IPL team. I am used to his bowling and that was an advantage for sure. It helped,” Dhawan said at the press conference on Thursday.
He even suggested that he was happy about the fact that he won the battle against his Sunrisers teammate but at the same time he expected Rashid to become a better Test match bowler with all the lessons that he would learn from this game.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, congratulated Dhawan for becoming the first Indian cricketer to score a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test.
Dhawan blazed his way to an entertaining 104 off 91 balls with 19 fours and three sixes in the historic Test against Afghanistan.
The previous record for the highest score by an Indian batsman was held by Virender Sehwag, who scored 99 not out against West Indies in Gros Islet. Dhawan is only the sixth batsman overall to get to triple figures in the first session.
Scoring a century in the first session is an incredible feat. “I congratulate Shikhar Dhawan for his fabulous innings. It was a special knock, befitting the special occasion,” said BCCI acting president C K Khanna.
Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary added, “With his stunning batting display, Shikhar Dhawan ensured it was an outstanding morning in Bengaluru. We had dignitaries from both the countries witnessing the game and many more following it across the globe.”