Opener Shikhar Dhawan made the Sri Lankans toil under pressure on Day one of the 1st test at the Galle International Stadium. In an exemplary display of attacking cricket, the left hander went on to hammer his career best individual total of 190 to help Indian finish on a dominating 399/3 at stumps.
The morning session was the only period where the Lankans had some optimism. Opener Abhinav Mukund departed cheaply to make way for Cheteshwar Pujara. Barring the first session, where the new ball pair of Nuwan Pradeep and Kumara posed some issue outside off stumps, there was no hint of any trouble for Dhawan.
Together with Pujara, Dhawan saw off the new ball while also maintaining that run came smoothly. At lunch, he had already completed his fifty.
The warning bells rung more dangerously in the following session as “Gabbar” walked out and resumed to bat with more ease and flair, attacking every bowler who came on his way. There was no looking back for him.
This flawlessness eventually meant that he went on to hammer 126 runs in a single session; not to mention he reached his century at the same time. Along with Pujara, he added 253 runs before departing 10 runs short of his maiden double century.
Dhawan’s antics in the lunch session has earned him a place in the record books. As a result of the 126 runs in a single session, he now holds the record of being the second highest number of the run getter in a session for India, standing only behind Virender Sehwag who smashed 133 runs against the same opposition.
Sehwag feature in the top 10 two more times, occupying the No. 5th and no. 7th position while Dhawan also takes another spot at no.9. Others accompanying the duo in the list are VVS Laxman (3rd), Polly Umrigar (4th), MS Dhoni (6th), Karun Nair (8th) and Mohammad Azharuddin (10th).
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