Speaking to the media after the end of first day’s play, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed his disappointment after missing out on a well-deserved century on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua. The left-handed batsman showed a great temperament to score 84 runs on a pitch which was assisting the pacers before being dismissed by spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to bat first after winning the toss. India started poorly as opener Murali Vijay was dismissed with only 14 on the scoreboard. Cheteshawar Pujara soon joined Vijay in the dressing room after being dismissed on the very first ball after lunch. Then walked in Kohli and stole the limelights once again by scoring his 12th Test century and remained unbeaten on 143 to guide India to 302 for 4. Kohli and R Ashwin (22) will start the proceedings with the bat on the second day.

Excerpts:

On missing out on a well-deserved century:

Sad about missing it by few runs, (I) was sad until I came back to the pavilion. After that, (I) moved on and it is important to do that. But I am also happy that I scored 84 and want to make use of the form I am in.

On his approach during the knock:

I feel that in the first session the wicket was fresh and the bowling was very good. So I was respecting the good balls and knew that I cannot afford to take a chance because there was an extra bounce on the wicket. So I was playing close to my body and was not in a hurry and relaxed at the crease.

On his knock:

Really enjoyed my knock. It was good, especially in the first session with the way their bowlers were bowling and Shannon Gabriel. He was bowling really good and quick. That time I knew I have to take the punches and be quite for that particular session. I am happy that I got that patience to keep on going. And later on, when the spinners came, I scored some runs.

On Virat Kohli’s century:
He has played a tremendous knock and scored a hundred and continued scoring. Hopefully, he scores big runs and gets a double hundred after 150. It feels good to bat with him and we were rotating strike and scoring runs at a good pace. I feel that made a difference because we made the partnership in 120 balls or something. That is a good thing and it is always a pleasure to watch Virat, the way he times the ball.

On the need of captain or coach’s support:

I feel it is important for any player if the captain (or the) coach are backing. It gives a lot of confidence and belief that you are teammates or captain or coach backs you. That’s what matters and you also need to have self-belief that you can do that and it is a mixture of everything.

On India’s position in the match after day 1:

We are in a good position especially because we are playing with only five batsmen. So we are in a good position and we will want to bat as long as possible tomorrow that will also tire them out. The good thing is we have Virat set and batting, maybe he will score a double and triple century.

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