Shikhar Dhawan is undoubtedly one of the most prolific batsmen that the Indian Cricket Team have in their arsenal. While he is more of an ODI and a T20I player, he rose to stardom back in 2013, when he scored the fastest century in his debut test match against Australia. His knock of 187 in 174 balls put him on the map and he hasn’t looked back since then.
What Happened To Dhawan After That?
Four years and 24 Test matches later, Dhawan is still trying to make himself better, day by day.
He has assured the selectors that he is definitely a worthy opener for ODI and T20I formats, and now is trying to leave his mark in the test format too. Before the first test match against Sri Lanka in Galle, India’s regular opener KL Rahul was forced to miss the match due to viral fever.
This paved way for the upcoming player Abhivan Mukund in the playing XI, which proved to work well for the Indian team.
A Match-Winning Century on Day 1
At Galle, Dhawan scored an astounding 190 runs in just 168 balls, reminding the fans of his stellar debut in Mohali.
Even though that was only his fifth Test century of his career (and his first one in almost two years), it assured the selectors that recalling the Delhite for the Test series against Sri Lanka isn’t a decision to be regretted.
His century put his side in a commanding position, from where they moved to a massive victory against the Lankans by 304 runs.
It was a knock that took the game away from the opposition. It was an innings that flattened the Sri Lankan bowling, and that was on day 1 of the Test.
So What’s The Problem?
Even though Dhawan’s Test figures aren’t that impressive as his ODI stats, he has still proven to be a better opener than Abhinav Mukund.
Even though the latter’s knock of 81 in the second innings are quite remarkable, Dhawan’s determination to become the better version of his previous self is what separates him from the rest.
His last Test match before Galle was against New Zealand in 2016, where he scored only 18 runs in two innings.
After picking up a thumb injury, he incurred a drop in form and as a result, was dropped from the test selection.
However, if anything, it inspired Dhawan. After being dropped, he moved on to play domestic cricket for Delhi, along with practicing his skills with his childhood coach. The end result was a brilliant show in the ICC Champions Trophy, which only made him a more confident batsman.
Still Has a Test Future Then?
And if there was any doubt, his batting in Galle has once again shown why he deserves to be in the starting XI, instead of Mukund.
His years of experience and his ability to win the match in a single session is what makes him a valuable player. We can only hope that his performance in the second test in Colombo too, is along similar lines.