England spinner Liam Dawson, who made his Test debut in the ongoing between India-England at Chennai, left one and all surprised by playing an unbeaten knock of 66 on Day 2 of the Test.
With the team reeling at 321 for 7, any chances of reaching the 400-run mark were looking bleak for the visitors, but Dawson added 108 runs with Adil Rashid for the eighth wicket to help the visitors score a mammoth 477. Dawson missed out on a well-deserved century as he eventually ran out of partners.
However, despite impressing with the bat, the 26-year-old said he was not expecting a call in the Test team when he went to play in the Bangladesh Premier League last month.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Dawson said:“Went I went to Bangladesh for the BPL, Test cricket didn’t even cross my mind. So to be here now and making my Test debut in India is obviously very special.”
Expressing delight over his memorable debut, Dawson said:“It is obviously nice to do well on debut. It was interesting first few balls in Test cricket for me but I was pleased to get through them. It was my Test debut, I was always going to be up for it. You make one Test debut. I was extremely excited and from a team point of view as well we want to finish on a high. We are in a fairly good position.”
“It’s obviously nice to get small milestones. It’s obviously a small milestone. From a personal point of view, it’s a very special day. I am obviously looking for tomorrow. He (Cook) basically told me to enjoy the occasion,” he added.
Meanwhile, the all-rounder said the English bowlers will have to toil hard on Sunday as the pitch has very little help for the bowlers.
“It’s a pretty good wicket. There isn’t a huge amount of spin, hasn’t been much pace in it for the seamers, so tomorrow is going to be hard work for us but if we keep going all day and keep trying to take wickets then we can take wickets,” he explained.
Speaking about the short ball from Ishant Sharma that hit him on the helmet, he said: “It was a good bouncer, I tried to watch it as hard as I could but that’s part of the game sometimes you get it a little bit wrong. As a said I was pleased to get through. I think you got to take one ball at a time and that’s what I was thinking.
“I put that ball at the back of my mind and I just managed to concentrate on ball at a hat was crucial. I haven’t really thought too much to be fair. I have prepared, I have done what I do for Hampshire and that’s all I can do,” he added.
When asked about his future plans, he said:“You just got to score more runs and take more wickets it’s as simple as it can be. If I could do that then I can be selected in future squads.”