It was a historic day for Afghanistan as they made their Test debut against India. However, it was a historic day for another individual who became the 1st India to smash a century within the lunch interval of an opening day of a Test match. Yes, the man I am talking about is none other than “Gabbar” of the Indian cricket team. Shikhar Dhawan looked in terrific touch and smashed a sensational 107 of 96 deliveries.
After batting first India got off to a steady start on the back of their openers Dhawan and Murali Vijay. Dhawan, in particular, looked to take the Afghan attack to the cleaners from the outset. He was quite successful in his endeavour. Dhawan looked in ominous touch and blazed away in grand style. His innings of 107 were studded with 19 fours and 3 stunning hits over the fence.
None of the spinners was able to trouble him. He was quite comfortable with all of them and kept smashing them with disdain. He was eventually dismissed by Ahmadzai after a great partnership of 168 runs for the opening wicket. Vijay also scored a century. However, the Afghans made a strong comeback in the final session and restricted India to 347/6. Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin are at the crease.
The BCCI officials congratulate Dhawan
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India congratulated Dhawan on his special achievement. “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,” BCCI Acting President CK Khanna was quoted as saying by the bcci website.
The Acting Honorary Secretary and the CEO also lauded Dhawan on a great achievement. “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,” Mr Amitabh Choudhary said.
Rahul Johri, the CEO also thanked Dhawan for the entertainment “Shikhar Dhawan entertained everyone with his attacking batting. He batted fearlessly and put Afghanistan bowlers on the back foot. To bat with such a high strike rate isn’t easy, but Dhawan looked unstoppable,” he said.