Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan said it was a good signal for the Indian team that top order batsmen are in good shape and his self-confidence has boosted up after getting a ton in the first match as Indian openers hammered the doomed Sri Lankans to rattle up a 231 run pillar.
Dhawan scored the highest run for India with a ton of 113 run and Man of the Match Ajinkya Rahane scored 111 run as the two openers set the base for India’s big total in the 1st One Day International against Sri Lanka.
He said at the after match media interaction it is a very positive sign for the team that our top order batsmen are scoring runs continuously. It is very crucial to have a solid foundation whenever batting first or chasing. He added when you play such a big innings with a ton, the self-confidence gets a big uplift and require yourself in such a big partnership, it is a happy feeling. When he was asked in that interview with whom he adores opening the batting more with Ajinkya Rahane or Rohit Sharma. The left hander gave a diplomatic answer.
He replied that he enjoyed batting with both of them. Hopefully they too enjoy batting with him. Both have their own styles. It is totally team’s decision, I cannot answer. I love to bat with both of them.
Dhawan said that when he and Rohit used to open, we used to do the same thing. We are very lucky that we three openers are there with the Indian team who can give the consistency. The Indian bowlers had a style of defending a huge total of 363/5. The bowlers bowled with lot of regulation and happy to see that Ishant taking four wickets in his resurgence match. They bowled pretty well line and length keeping pace. He appreciates the way they produced pace.
He added that it was not facile for the batsmen. It is a very good and positive sign that India is creating good pace bowlers and we are lucky to have bowlers clocking 145kph. It brings pressure on the opponent batsmen. He said he wanted to get set and play the bowlers on merit. It is a very good feeling, 1st match we won by big margin. It will give a lot of confidence to the team.