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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.

File Photo: Shikhar Dhawan during the Ranji Trophy.

File Photo: Shikhar Dhawan during the Ranji Trophy.

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:

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.”

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