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.”Most of the attention on Thursday was on Afghanistan who was making their debut in Test cricket, but Shikhar Dhawan demanded his own spotlight, becoming the first Indian batsman, and sixth overall, to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match. He joined Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner in achieving this unique distinction. The first three instances took place before the Second World War, which means Dhawan is only the third player to score 100 in the first session of a Test in last 80 years. He went to lunch on 104 off 91 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes. He ran only 10 of his runs.
Explosive batsman Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian to hit a century before lunch who gave Afghanistan a taste of the Test match cricket with a dominating century, hammering the spinners with a great array of shots to all parts of the ground. Dhawan’s made a century at off just 88 balls and was marked with 19 fours and three sixes. This was his seventh century in 29 Test matches. In the process, he became the first Indian to hit a century before lunch.18-year-old afghan pacer Wafadar and Yamin Ahmadzai managed to keep things quiet at the other end but both the pacers were unable to trouble the Indian opener.