Shikhar Dhawan celebrated a fantastic return to first-class cricket following a 15-month hiatus with a sizzling century against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy match. The Delhi opener smashed 140 as he batted responsibly to help his side reach a respectable total in their first innings.
Dhawan, who last turned out in a red-ball game in 2018 against England, hit 19 boundaries and two maximums during his ravishing stay at the crease. Playing his first game after a bruised knee ruled him out of the limited-overs fixtures against West Indies, Dhawan warmed up in style and set up a masterclass in batting.
His immaculate strokes and mature approach to the innings signals a warning to the touring Sri Lankans as they are set to take on India in a three-match T20I series soon.
Reflecting on his sensational knock, Dhawan claimed to have restrained himself from overt aggression. “I changed my game (according to situation) because when the left-arm spinner was bowling, I was itching to hit him. But looking at the overall situation, I curbed my instincts as there wasn’t much batting left,” he said.