India opener Shikhar Dhawan celebrates debut record
Last Updated: 16/03/13 4:06pm
India opener Shikhar Dhawan feared he would suffer another embarrassing failure against Australia before smashing the fastest debut hundred in Test history on day three in Chandigarh.
Dhawan was out for a duck when he made his one-day debut against Australia but on his first Test appearance he overcame his early nerves to reach three figures from 85 balls against the same opponents.
The opener, whose wife is Australian, hit an unbeaten 185 from 168 deliveries to help India to 83-0 in reply to Australia's first innings of 408. Dhawan was aided by Murali Vijay, who struck 83 not out by the close.
"I still remember when I debuted in one-dayers for India I got zero against Australia," Dhawan said. "I was nervous that I would get a zero again ... but everything went well and I am really happy. It was very satisfying.
"I have an Australian wife, she is half-Bengali and half-British and lives in Melbourne. I have got two daughters in Melbourne. I would like to thank them because they have been praying for me a lot back home ... it is a great moment for me and my family."
"We didn't bowl our best but Shikhar obviously batted very well," Starc said. "We were as patient enough as we should have been, we gave him too much to hit."
Dhawan's innings - which has contained 33 fours and two sixes so far - is already the highest by an Indian on debut. And his shot-making overshadowed the efforts of Australia's lower order earlier in the day.
Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc boosted Australia's score from 273-7 overnight to 408 all out, although both missed out on maiden Test centuries.
"I felt a bit nervous and it probably felt a bit harder to play the spinners and all bowlers when you get to 99," said Starc, after edging Ishant Sharma to MS Dhoni to fall on 99. "I'm disappointed. It's something I can learn from but I'm still happy I got that far."