Man of the Match at Mohali, Shikhar Dhawan said it was dream come true to score a century in his maiden Test match and help India score a series-clinching victory against the mighty Australians. The Delhi batsman scored the fastest (85-ball 100) century in Test cricket on debut and went on to score 187 runs as India piled up a mammoth 499 in the first innings in a match reduced to four days by rain.
"It was a dream come true moment for me. I was nervous for the first three-four balls but I played my natural game once I found my rhythm," Dhawan said during the post-match chat with Ravi Shastri on Monday evening.
"I will cherish this match for the rest of my life. A century and Indian victory is special," he said, adding his 289-run opening wicket partnership with Murali Vijay was "special."
"Vijay was very cool and that helped me play my game," Dhawan said, adding: "I wanted to stay in the middle as long as possible and not throw my wicket away. My plans worked very well," the left-handed batsman said.
Dhawan didn't bat in the Indian second innings after suffering a finger injury. "It's a bruise and I am getting treatment for it," he said, not very sure if he will be fit for the fourth Test starting in Delhi on Friday.
Story first published on: Monday, 18 March 2013 17:21 IST