India scored 239/0 in 56 overs before the umpires called stumps off Day 1 of Test, and on Day 2 Monsoon continues its showers.
BY DISHA MASHELKAR
A whirling tornado of runs started crushing Bangladesh when they couldn’t stop the two giants- Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay from scoring their best performance at Fatullah on Wednesday. India is at 239 at no loss of wicket only for the rains to arrive and interfere in the play and which finally called off the stumps. The contribution of Dhawan’s magnificent 150 knock and a steady battling by Murli Vijay (89 runs) are all set for creating a new record in the #cricket diaries. Their previous best opening partnership is of 289 runs against Australia.
Bangladesh, a side no more a minnow couldn’t pluck the Indian openers although it gave a slight threat of wicket in the beginning. The slower pitch and the monsoon made the conditions for the Bangladeshi bowlers from bad to worse and eventually dismantled them. Indias new and fresh Captain Virat Kohli won the toss in the morning and decided to bat first. That’s where the good fortune all started in team India’s favour. On the Day 2 also, there were heavy showers which just didn’t allow any play to take place at Fatullah. Hopefully on Day 3 some exciting cricket could be witnessed by the audience.
Shikhar Dhawan’s comeback has startled everyone once again. His Strong and record making domestic career gave him a break to come in the national cricket team of India. Nobody can forget his test debut in Mohali in the year 2013 where he smashed the fastest century on test debut in just 85 balls. Also in the 2015 cricket world cup played in Australia and New Zealand, Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer of India. His classic 73 runs in the world cup opening match against Pakistan had grabbed the eye-balls while his 137 runs against the South Africa startled his capacity as an opener for India.
Father of Rhea, Aliyah and Zoravar, Shikhar Dhawan is a happy and aggressive batsman when he comes to play. He married Ayesha Mukherji in 2012, who is half-Indian and half-British amateur boxer. In 2004, Dhawan played U-19 cricket world cup in Bangladesh where he was awarded Player of the tournament for scoring 505 runs at a batting average of 84.16. In his recent domestic career also, when Delhi won the Ranji season of 2007-08, Dhawan had made 570 runs from eight matches which was inclusive of two hundreds. He was the second highest run getter in Vijay Hazare trophy played in the year February-March 2008.
A lucky man who fought for the opener’s position to bat when India already had Virendar Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as their established pair, Dhawan has come a long way to prove his worth!