India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 3rd day March 16, 2013

Dhawan's calm contempt blows away Australia

Shikhar Dhawan didn't miss a moment during his ruthless century on debut to show up the Australian attack for what it was
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For the better part of his turbo-charged, fireworks display of a debut century, which shredded records and caused a stir, Shikhar Dhawan showed no signs of nerve or panic. He raced through the 60s to his 90s in 15 balls as if he was weaving his way through traffic in his hometown Delhi, with music on top, thumping volume and the sunglasses on. On 91, Dhawan edged Peter Siddle past a diving gully's hands, but his cool stayed unrattled.

On 99, though, there came a flash. Of anxiety or desperation, of what looked like the stark hunger that must have kept him going through first-class cricket. Dhawan push-dropped one from Siddle, called for a run that never was and charged. It was a blind, suicidal mini-mission that had "oh-no" written all over it.

For close to nine years following his stunning performances in under-19 cricket, Dhawan had waited for his Test debut. In Mohali, he couldn't bear to wait even one more ball to do what, until today, he must have only dreamt of. As the throw was fired through, Dhawan's full-length dive for the crease was less panther and more hopeful pilgrim. The ball shot past the stumps and Dhawan went from being flat on his face and onto his feet in seconds.

The helmet was pulled off and from under it emerged a grin larger than the stadium. Dhawan threw his head back and arms into the air. No matter where his career goes from here, on this one afternoon, Shikhar Dhawan was, to himself and those watching, king of the world.

On Saturday, his innings of 185 not out was India's prime driver of what can only be called batting on speed. Dhawan's own signature is now in the history books, the fastest Test century on debut, and the highest score by an Indian on Test debut. It has opened up possibilities for India in the Test, with time and a wearing pitch now on their side.

Australia know that in the course of two hours, they were pushed on to thin ice by Dhawan and the best that they can do in Mohali is draw the game. Dhawan's century, in its tempo and silken ferocity, also turned into an odd homage to Virender Sehwag, the Delhi senior man whose place he has taken.

India ended the day on 283 for no loss in reply to Australia's 408. For the second Test in a row, M Vijay, batting on 83, found a sedate, lower gear and allowed Dhawan to have his moment in the sun. After stumps Dhawan said that, despite his ear-ringed, poker face, he had in fact felt anxious, "No, I was nervous, but you didn't realise it. No, I was certainly nervous, but I wasn't as nervous as I used to be earlier."

Until today, Dhawan's presence in the field had been virtually invisible. He misfielded the first ball that came his way on Friday and as non-striker, during the lone over India had to bat before lunch, had wandered out of his crease. The ball slipped out of Mitchell Starc's hand, hit the stumps, with Dhawan a foot out of his ground. A smiling Michael Clarke had made some jokey third-umpire signs and the over then formally began. Had the Aussies appealed, Dhawan might or might not have been deemed safe by the umpires, but it would still have been a nervous start.*

When his first run came, a single through covers, his partner Vijay came over to acknowledge and reassure. On television, Ravi Shastri's voice was sardonic, "First for me. Never seen anybody being congratulated for scoring one run."

Over the next two hours, Dhawan settled in and produced an innings that ended up being a first in many ways for most watching. To the Australian bowling, his batting was a geometry lesson in contempt. He was assured on his front foot, had enough time to adjust his shots and find precise gaps in the field. When he was given a short ball, he played the pull efficiently, without hesitation. The off side was packed, but to Dhawan, the fielders were either woven through or zipped past.

By the time he got to his century, Dhawan had scored 84 runs off boundaries, but his first shots in the air came only after he'd gone past 100. Dhawan stepped out to medium-pacers and spinners alike and carved up sections of the ground as if it were cake to be eaten. Even the unfailingly polite and considerate VVS Laxman couldn't contain himself, saying Australia had an "average bowling attack." Dhawan didn't miss a moment to let it show. For all Australia's good intentions and plans (and this is without homework jokes), Dhawan showed them their place in these conditions and on this pitch.

He was severe on Moises Henriques, hitting cover drives on the up, walking out against a short ball before drilling it square. Xavier Doherty got the heaviest treatment, 18 runs in his fourth over, turning the bowler's plans inside out. He was driven against the spin, then reverse-swept when Clarke moved out of slip, dispatched past three men through the covers and then paddle-swept to the boundary again.

Dhawan's Delhi team-mates are cackling with delight. Old pro Rajat Bhatia says he can tell how Dhawan's innings are going to go from the first few balls. Immaculate defence, blocking and plodding is a bad sign. If he looks to get the strike moving, taking singles and playing strokes, things are looking good. In Mohali, Dhawan took three balls to get off strike and had hit his first boundary off Siddle off his sixth ball. It had to be his day.

* 6.48pm GMT, March 16: The copy has been updated after reviewing the laws of the game.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JayanDamodaran on | March 16, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    At last, India has an opener who can start the innings boldly in all three formats of the game! Kudos Dhawan! It's sheer delight to watch a batsman make his debut in such an authoritarian manner. The fact that he hit classic shots without ever lofting a ball till his century, that too the fastest by a debutant speaks volumes of the caliber this guy has. The ease with which he stepped into the shoes of a great player is amazing! Now Sehwag's target is cut out. He can sharpen his skills and work hard for a comeback to the Indian side as a middle order batsman at No.6 ahead of Dhoni in test matches against South Africa. It would be a formidable FIRST SEVEN - Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Sehwag, Dhoni followed by Ashwin and Co. Now what Dhawan needs to do is just keep his cool and provide another left-right opening pair that can match or even surpass the legendary Gambhir-Sehwag combo. Good luck guys!

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | March 18, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Poor Dhawan, jinxed by all praise will now miss Test cricket for almost 9 months until SA tour. His only hope now is India A tour to SA prior to the Tests. Selectors will have a BIG job before the SA tour, with Vijay and Dhawan performing well albiet against an average attack in helpful home conditions, they have shown some character in these innings. It would be very unfair to keep questioning thier ability against Steyn, Morkel and Philander when they have not yet played. Rather we should back them. If Gauti or Viru perform in domestic matches they might still push Dhawan, Vijay out of the XI. If Vijay and Dhawan along with likes of Mukund, Rahane are pursued then with so many overseas tours, India will get to benefit. I simply hope that India A team has Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund, Rahane, Jadeja, Tiwary, Rayude, Ishant, Umesh, Dinda, BK, Ohja all included as it would be a good for them prior to the test series

  • POSTED BY sailorsupreme on | March 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    A delightful article. The desperate dash, the dive and getting up in a flash to celebrate with a huge grin will remain etched in our memories for ever. When the photos came in the sports column the next day it was as if we were looking at a child who was celebrating his triumph. The twirling of his moustache as he was returning to the pavillion was an endearing sight. How could such precocious talent have been kept under wraps for so long? The kid is already 27! Kudos to Sandeep Patil for unearthing such an explosive talent. I hope we also give chances to the likes of Rayudu and Unmukt quickly. When Aaron and Umesh return the pace attack will be be bolstered.Shami Ahmed and Pravven Kumar should find a place too. These guys will be invaluable in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY cric_freak2012 on | March 17, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @Nampally: I find your comments prejudiced.what made you criticize dhoni for benching dhawan and backing vijay.Vijay has also come from a strong domestic performance and on top of that he has already got hundred in 2008 against australia when the likes of hilfenhaus stuart clarke and mitch johnson were ruling the roost and if you feel he is not a opener having after scoring 3 hundreds against the quickies of aussies, god help your prejudiced mind.most funny statement that i have read is thisi dont endorse vijay as an opener, who are you to endorse for godsake.the second comment that he was lucky cmon. if you are talking about technical capabilities, sehwag and gambhir are nowhere the technically most correct batsmen. sehwag pokes, plays cut, drives all in the air. gambhir pokes, plays it on to his stumps. how many times have you seen gambhir bowled played on. so please analyse ur statements before spewing it out on a public forum. all said and done i still agree to ur remark on ojha

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 17, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    The downside for Dhawan is that their could hardly be anything better than this innings no matter how many he plays. It is as good as it gets. Starc never bowled that first ball so it was a non-event. You can't be out to a ball that was never in play.

  • POSTED BY Hiteshvara on | March 17, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Finally some positive and optimistic article from Sharda after long long time..I think she herself got fed up of criticising Indian cricket..So i guess some monumental(once in a life time) innings by indian batsman will only make her happy ..Thats a great achievement in itself by Dhawan in making sharda write some positive notes..

  • POSTED BY crkt4evr on | March 17, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    this is our problem too much appreciation and too much criticism....agree that media do it for their personal interests but why are fans with own minds doing this? he absolutely deserves all appreciation but dont put too much pressure and have lots of expectations and feel let down later....this is his debut let him have a fair run!

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | March 16, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Unmukt Chand and Perwez Rasool should be given an opportunity sooner than later to prove their mettle. India should not keep going back to Yuvi, Raina and Rohit Sharma who have been given umpteen chances. There is lot of talent and hunger in some of the younger players who will improve and cement their place in the Test side if given a chance. India must now focus on building a good Test team and not be content by just winning in one day and T20 formats. Credit goes to the Selectors for weeding out the non-performers from the Team. Hope the BCCI will continue to support the bold decisions from the selectors and most importantly focus on building a good Test side for the future.

  • POSTED BY Sunjay007 on | March 16, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Behind the tag -opener, all-rounder etc., there is mortal human. Young fragile psyche can be molded into great players by proper grooming. whether it is Pujara, Jadeja, Vijay or Dhawan. I believe they were brought into the playing 16 and then persisted with to give them the confidence that has made them the pall bearers of the next great Indian team. Now we need to find a replacement for Sachin and the transformation would be close to complete!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    There was no need for Michael Clarke to show such generosity. We should have appealed when Dhawan had wandered out and Starc's ball hit the stumps. No quarter given,no quarter asked. Ed Cowan was given run out when the batsman's hit was stopped by Dale Steyn,and hit the stumps. Cowan was out of his crease. Michael Clarke is a softie.

  • POSTED BY JayanDamodaran on | March 16, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    At last, India has an opener who can start the innings boldly in all three formats of the game! Kudos Dhawan! It's sheer delight to watch a batsman make his debut in such an authoritarian manner. The fact that he hit classic shots without ever lofting a ball till his century, that too the fastest by a debutant speaks volumes of the caliber this guy has. The ease with which he stepped into the shoes of a great player is amazing! Now Sehwag's target is cut out. He can sharpen his skills and work hard for a comeback to the Indian side as a middle order batsman at No.6 ahead of Dhoni in test matches against South Africa. It would be a formidable FIRST SEVEN - Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Sehwag, Dhoni followed by Ashwin and Co. Now what Dhawan needs to do is just keep his cool and provide another left-right opening pair that can match or even surpass the legendary Gambhir-Sehwag combo. Good luck guys!

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | March 18, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Poor Dhawan, jinxed by all praise will now miss Test cricket for almost 9 months until SA tour. His only hope now is India A tour to SA prior to the Tests. Selectors will have a BIG job before the SA tour, with Vijay and Dhawan performing well albiet against an average attack in helpful home conditions, they have shown some character in these innings. It would be very unfair to keep questioning thier ability against Steyn, Morkel and Philander when they have not yet played. Rather we should back them. If Gauti or Viru perform in domestic matches they might still push Dhawan, Vijay out of the XI. If Vijay and Dhawan along with likes of Mukund, Rahane are pursued then with so many overseas tours, India will get to benefit. I simply hope that India A team has Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund, Rahane, Jadeja, Tiwary, Rayude, Ishant, Umesh, Dinda, BK, Ohja all included as it would be a good for them prior to the test series

  • POSTED BY sailorsupreme on | March 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    A delightful article. The desperate dash, the dive and getting up in a flash to celebrate with a huge grin will remain etched in our memories for ever. When the photos came in the sports column the next day it was as if we were looking at a child who was celebrating his triumph. The twirling of his moustache as he was returning to the pavillion was an endearing sight. How could such precocious talent have been kept under wraps for so long? The kid is already 27! Kudos to Sandeep Patil for unearthing such an explosive talent. I hope we also give chances to the likes of Rayudu and Unmukt quickly. When Aaron and Umesh return the pace attack will be be bolstered.Shami Ahmed and Pravven Kumar should find a place too. These guys will be invaluable in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY cric_freak2012 on | March 17, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @Nampally: I find your comments prejudiced.what made you criticize dhoni for benching dhawan and backing vijay.Vijay has also come from a strong domestic performance and on top of that he has already got hundred in 2008 against australia when the likes of hilfenhaus stuart clarke and mitch johnson were ruling the roost and if you feel he is not a opener having after scoring 3 hundreds against the quickies of aussies, god help your prejudiced mind.most funny statement that i have read is thisi dont endorse vijay as an opener, who are you to endorse for godsake.the second comment that he was lucky cmon. if you are talking about technical capabilities, sehwag and gambhir are nowhere the technically most correct batsmen. sehwag pokes, plays cut, drives all in the air. gambhir pokes, plays it on to his stumps. how many times have you seen gambhir bowled played on. so please analyse ur statements before spewing it out on a public forum. all said and done i still agree to ur remark on ojha

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 17, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    The downside for Dhawan is that their could hardly be anything better than this innings no matter how many he plays. It is as good as it gets. Starc never bowled that first ball so it was a non-event. You can't be out to a ball that was never in play.

  • POSTED BY Hiteshvara on | March 17, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Finally some positive and optimistic article from Sharda after long long time..I think she herself got fed up of criticising Indian cricket..So i guess some monumental(once in a life time) innings by indian batsman will only make her happy ..Thats a great achievement in itself by Dhawan in making sharda write some positive notes..

  • POSTED BY crkt4evr on | March 17, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    this is our problem too much appreciation and too much criticism....agree that media do it for their personal interests but why are fans with own minds doing this? he absolutely deserves all appreciation but dont put too much pressure and have lots of expectations and feel let down later....this is his debut let him have a fair run!

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | March 16, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Unmukt Chand and Perwez Rasool should be given an opportunity sooner than later to prove their mettle. India should not keep going back to Yuvi, Raina and Rohit Sharma who have been given umpteen chances. There is lot of talent and hunger in some of the younger players who will improve and cement their place in the Test side if given a chance. India must now focus on building a good Test team and not be content by just winning in one day and T20 formats. Credit goes to the Selectors for weeding out the non-performers from the Team. Hope the BCCI will continue to support the bold decisions from the selectors and most importantly focus on building a good Test side for the future.

  • POSTED BY Sunjay007 on | March 16, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Behind the tag -opener, all-rounder etc., there is mortal human. Young fragile psyche can be molded into great players by proper grooming. whether it is Pujara, Jadeja, Vijay or Dhawan. I believe they were brought into the playing 16 and then persisted with to give them the confidence that has made them the pall bearers of the next great Indian team. Now we need to find a replacement for Sachin and the transformation would be close to complete!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    There was no need for Michael Clarke to show such generosity. We should have appealed when Dhawan had wandered out and Starc's ball hit the stumps. No quarter given,no quarter asked. Ed Cowan was given run out when the batsman's hit was stopped by Dale Steyn,and hit the stumps. Cowan was out of his crease. Michael Clarke is a softie.

  • POSTED BY Kameps on | March 16, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @nampally don't feel you only have common sense, captain and selectors are watching the players closer than you, not only previous stats give you good players. There are many players who have good track record in ranjis also failed in national team. We can't Just judge there ability only by stats from cricinfo..

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 16, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @ Nampally, then its wise Indian selectors and Dhoni keep you and yopur opinions miles away. Becoz all your criticism is ill conceived. Dhoni and his favorites are winning matches. Look at CSK players performances and let me know which one has not justified his selection in this series.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 16, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    @Cricketsunami: I find your comments rather fillipant. Obviously, you never read my comments! You will find my strong support for Dhawan even before the first test in this series started & especially after his century vs. the Aussies. I criticised Dhoni for benching Dhawan in the first 2 Tests & taking Vijay instead. I am not endorsIng Vijay as an opener but he is scoring runs for the time being. In my opinion Vijay is still deficient & occasionally keeps poking at the balls outside the off stump. He was lucky to get his big century in the last Test after poking & missing at several balls.I opposed Jadeja 2 years back but lately supported him for ODI's. I still do not support Jadeja over Ojha, who is much superior bowler. But I always rated Jadeja as the best Indian fielder.I am strongly opposed to Dhoni dropping promising youngsters to get in his own Favourites & always criticised him on his bizzare XI selection.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    gen next cricketers are arrived confident young indian team to tour south africa

  • POSTED BY muski on | March 16, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Wow- What entertainment. When Sachin's entertaining quality was fading, Viru emerged. When Viru has faded, a host of youngsters seem to emerge. Good for Indian Cricket. Gambhir and Viru can now concentrate on IPL and increase their stakes for the next auction. I always believed that in a country of 1 billion people, its better to experiment and fail rather than to persist with under performing superstars. This performance at home will NOT mean anything as we can get trashed black and blue in overseas conditions as we have seen last year. Lets hope Shikar becomes the first man in Test History to score a Triple Hundred on debut.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Any body suggesting Rohit sharma is insane. That guy is a waste. Rahne should replace Tendulkar. Chand should come in as third opener and Umesh in place of Ishant sharma. Team is well set. I am glad Jaddu is bowling great he was the top wicket taker again in this match with Ojha getting only 2. Lets see how many wicket Jaddu gets in second inning.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    No doubht it was a great innings on a Debut.His shots were clean and clear and gave no room for chances to the bowlers or the Bowlers didnt match his standard.One important thing is the support from M Vijay,he was supporting the new man from ball one.Great job guys.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 16, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    @ Namnpally, You were critical of Vijay all along and never supported Dhawan. His best bowler Ojha was seriously over shadowed by Jadeja ( you criticize him at every opportunity) in wicket taking and being economic. And now you are taking credit of Dhawan's success. Unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Dhawan's innings was exquisite and flamboyant and full credit to him. At the same time, his consistency needs to be tested before his place is cemented in the Indian team as an opener. Same to go with Vijay as well. But at the moment they seem to be the best bet and need to be allowed deserving opportunities to apply themselves. ..Regarding the mankading - many thoughts about it - 1) may be an 'omen' for the aussies about their only chance to get him out today... 2) you see that sportive gesture by Clarke which paved way for such a beautiful innings - 'Butterfly Effect'?

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Congrats, Dhawan. A great knock full of drama from the very first ball. India may have found at last a replacement openers for Sehwag & Gambhir. I have been pushing for Dhawan from the England Test series. I was upset when Vijay was preferred to Dhawan for the first 2 Tests, mainly because Dhoni failed in basic fundamental: a Leftie +a Rightie, opening pair. Vijay seems to be contributing at last despite his poor showing in Ranji. Dhawan with 4 centuries in Ranji should have been shoe in first choice opener.Today with 33 x4's, he was totally dominant. But the Indian Selectors, lacking in selection criteria, deprived many top performers. If the top performers get in the Squad, Dhoni benches them irrationally. Guys like Dhawan & Mukund were given a single chance & then forgotten. I feel both are good Leftie openers.Unless the youngsters are given chances India will remain stagnant. Tiwary & Chand are other deserving batsmen for SA tour. Will the Selectors & Dhoni use their common sense ?

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | March 16, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    "I hope he succeeds. I doubt his long innings playing caliber". That's what I had commented on the article about Dhawan on the first day of the match. What a knock from Shikhar Dhawan. One wants these guys, who slug it out in the domestic circuit for years to succeed whenever they get their chance. Because they have done the hard work, gone through the grind, and then when they get the chance we often see that couple of failures sends them back to the domestic circuit. They should be given enough chances. I was glad when Vijay was selected because he has always done well in India. Dhawan's success It is the success of domestic cricket. Worldwide we see examples of players performing for years in domestic cricket and then after 2-3 chances are shunted out. Chris Rogers, Rob Quiney, S.Badrinath are the prime examples. You want them to succeed. There is one more guy whose success is heartening - Nick Compton. Same story. Years of struggle in county cricket & now success.

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | March 16, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    We have one morhe great player trying very hard to get place in Indian team Ambatty Raydu I am sure he will be another super player in the longr format!

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | March 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Shikhar has been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time. With Sehwag & Gambhir proving successful his chances were glim. Moreover new players like Vijay, Rahane came to the fore and he would have thought he can only play IPL. However, with Gambhir's form dipping and Sehwag inconsistant there was a glimmer of hope. Given the opportunity he did not want to slip it. Its like a child getting his most cherished gift. Will live with it and sleep with it. I am sure Shikhar would want to sleep with the pads on and bat in hand so that he will not loose the 'grip' tomorrow when he resumes his marvellous innings. Great beginning man! I only hope he maintains his cool and prepares well for the overseas assignments India has in the coming months. If he can repeat this atleast once there, he can cement his place in the side for a long time. Dhoni is very lucky to get Dhawan and Jadeja. It augurs well for the side and our climb to the top might just get that easy. Pity Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    In the article it states "The ball slipped out of Mitchell Starc's hand, hit the stumps, with Dhawan a foot out of his ground. Had the Aussies appealed, Dhawan would have had to leave, out without facing a ball." I don't think that is the case... because Law 23.3. b(vii) states that the umpire shall call and signal dead ball if the bowler drops the ball accidentally before delivery.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 16, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    India needs a man for a crisis. Ambati Rayudu for Ravindra Jadeja away from home. The way he took Baroda out of crisis everytime was amazing. And some glory batsman in the middle order. I would like Rohit Sharma for Tendulkar. Vijay needs to score runs away from home. He has improved a bit of the backfoot but needs to learn how to pull and cut.

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | March 16, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    This is Sachin reborn. Let the old one retire with dignity. There are other Dhawans awaiting their chance.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | March 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Shikhar" The-one" justifies his number one slotting.

  • POSTED BY crocker on | March 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    This is the way test cricket should be played. The present lot of commentary line up of past cricketers are not competent to say anything about this day's play. eg after Dhawan's century VVS Laxman came up with a comment that this Austrailian attack is ordinary! Well Dhawan deserves more kudos than all his predecessors who killed test cricket by scoring less than 200 runs in a day as a team. He has scored those many runs in two sessions himself. No nonsense like corridor of uncertainty, nice judgement to leave the ball and the like. Test cricket may yet be revived.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | March 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    this is the ne wguard of test cricket in India. Only 2 years ago nos 1-5 were SET IN STONE with sehwag,gambhir,dravid,tendulkar,laxman. Now with Dhawan, vijay, pujara the top 3 has both youth,ability and the right blance of defense and attack.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | March 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Now we just want Tiwary blood in when Sachin retires... We should be all set...

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | March 16, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Wish Sachin retired and another young player took his place. The cricket pundits in India must stop praising the oldees on their past records and must alow the young inform and hungry one to get a chance to play and prove themselves. India has plenty of talent including fast and swing bowlers not just spinners and need to be tested.

  • POSTED BY Vivekaks on | March 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    One of the best debut innings...for sheer audacity. No matter how pedestrian the bowling is or how flat the pitch is...to come out like that and thwack and dissect...is imperious stuff...hats off to the man. Only his blade did the talkin and nothing else...unlike some of his other Delhi ranji mates...the way he found gaps was jus a treat to watch.

    Sublime innings..that has virtually shut out Gambhir and sadly Sehwag for a good 10 tests at least...I hope he continues to play for India in the future. These selectors have shown the guts to shut out senior players and blood the fringe players, and wat a vindication that both Vijay and Dhawan are among runs :) Hats off Patil and Co. Now my only wish to slot Rahane in the middle order and we are looking at the future of Indian Cricket...Augurs well...isnt it??

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Gambhir & Sehwag will be finding it really touch to come back after superb century by Dhawan....will need to see how he fares out on south africa pitches

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    New gen team for next coming series Dhawan,Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Ishant,Ozha,Irfan No more Sehawag,Gauti,Sach,Zaheer,all bye,bye

  • POSTED BY george204 on | March 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Jadeja - wasn't it only a few months ago that people were despairing about where India's next generation of batsmen were going to come from? Say what you like about IPL, Indian pitches & the Ranji Trophy - they certainly produce plenty of batsmen capable of big scores.

  • POSTED BY mukulkesavan on | March 16, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    That shot when Dhawan stepped out, stopped and still managed to square drive the ball behind point for four told us that Pujara, finally, had company. It's interesting how Pujara and Dhawan seem born to play Test cricket where Kohli, a limited overs master, has had to work at batting in the long game. Sharda, do you think Dhoni's cosmic purpose is to be the bridge between Tendulkar/Dravid/Laxman/Sehwag and Dhawan/Vijay/Pujara/Kohli?

  • POSTED BY Notout_Naveen on | March 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    It was a pleasure watching Shikar Dhawan bat today.Wow his batting today was awesome.He displayed range of orthodox shots which were played with ease especially those off side drives were treat to watch. All the very best to Shikar for tomorrow..hope he plays like the way he did today and scores a 300.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    This piece by Sharda Ugra is another example of why I seldom miss anything that she writes. She's just brilliant.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Bye Bye Sehwag. Welcome Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY mirchy on | March 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Talking about homework..........I think Ugra is guilty of not having done hers. As per the revised rules, once a bowler has entered his delivery stride, the non-striker cannot be mankaded. Replays clearly showed Starc lost control of the ball just prior to delivering the first ball hence Dhawan would not have been given out. Etiquette and spirit of the game set aside. Thank God Clarke had the good sense not to appeal.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | March 16, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    I've "watched" a lot of cricket on Cricinfo including blazing double centuries form Gilchrist, Sehwag and others, but I don't think if I've ever "seen" anything like that. Thanks again, Cricinfo.

    India have an amazing generation of new batsmen. Tendulkar can enjoy his twilight years knowing the Indian future is in good hands.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | March 16, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    I've "watched" a lot of cricket on Cricinfo including blazing double centuries form Gilchrist, Sehwag and others, but I don't think if I've ever "seen" anything like that. Thanks again, Cricinfo.

    India have an amazing generation of new batsmen. Tendulkar can enjoy his twilight years knowing the Indian future is in good hands.

  • POSTED BY mirchy on | March 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Talking about homework..........I think Ugra is guilty of not having done hers. As per the revised rules, once a bowler has entered his delivery stride, the non-striker cannot be mankaded. Replays clearly showed Starc lost control of the ball just prior to delivering the first ball hence Dhawan would not have been given out. Etiquette and spirit of the game set aside. Thank God Clarke had the good sense not to appeal.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Bye Bye Sehwag. Welcome Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    This piece by Sharda Ugra is another example of why I seldom miss anything that she writes. She's just brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Notout_Naveen on | March 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    It was a pleasure watching Shikar Dhawan bat today.Wow his batting today was awesome.He displayed range of orthodox shots which were played with ease especially those off side drives were treat to watch. All the very best to Shikar for tomorrow..hope he plays like the way he did today and scores a 300.

  • POSTED BY mukulkesavan on | March 16, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    That shot when Dhawan stepped out, stopped and still managed to square drive the ball behind point for four told us that Pujara, finally, had company. It's interesting how Pujara and Dhawan seem born to play Test cricket where Kohli, a limited overs master, has had to work at batting in the long game. Sharda, do you think Dhoni's cosmic purpose is to be the bridge between Tendulkar/Dravid/Laxman/Sehwag and Dhawan/Vijay/Pujara/Kohli?

  • POSTED BY george204 on | March 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Jadeja - wasn't it only a few months ago that people were despairing about where India's next generation of batsmen were going to come from? Say what you like about IPL, Indian pitches & the Ranji Trophy - they certainly produce plenty of batsmen capable of big scores.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    New gen team for next coming series Dhawan,Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Ishant,Ozha,Irfan No more Sehawag,Gauti,Sach,Zaheer,all bye,bye

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Gambhir & Sehwag will be finding it really touch to come back after superb century by Dhawan....will need to see how he fares out on south africa pitches

  • POSTED BY Vivekaks on | March 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    One of the best debut innings...for sheer audacity. No matter how pedestrian the bowling is or how flat the pitch is...to come out like that and thwack and dissect...is imperious stuff...hats off to the man. Only his blade did the talkin and nothing else...unlike some of his other Delhi ranji mates...the way he found gaps was jus a treat to watch.

    Sublime innings..that has virtually shut out Gambhir and sadly Sehwag for a good 10 tests at least...I hope he continues to play for India in the future. These selectors have shown the guts to shut out senior players and blood the fringe players, and wat a vindication that both Vijay and Dhawan are among runs :) Hats off Patil and Co. Now my only wish to slot Rahane in the middle order and we are looking at the future of Indian Cricket...Augurs well...isnt it??