Dhawan hits fastest Test century on debut
Shikhar Dhawan scored an 85-ball century, the fastest by any cricketer in Test history to lead India to 156 for no loss at tea, trailing Australia (408) by 252 runs in Mohali on Day 3 of the third Test.
The 27-year-old hit a staggering 21 boundaries to dispel doubters, who questioned the decision of replacing Virender Sehwag. West Indies’ Dwayne Smith held the previous record of the fastest century debut for his 93-ball hundred against South Africa in 2004.
Former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud tweeted:
— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) March 16, 2013
Shewag was dropped for the third Test after a poor showing in the opening two Test matches. India lead the four match Test series two-nil.
Dhawan was arguably excited about the news:
“I was very happy to hear the news,” Dhawan said. “I just want to grab this opportunity. Of course I was waiting for this day, but I don’t have any pressure right now. I am happy that whatever I dreamt of achieving, I have done that.”