Approaching the game with an aggressive mindset is what makes Shikhar Dhawan the best in dealing things pretty well. If there was one player who took the Sri Lankan attack to the cleaners it is got to be the specialist batsman, Dhawan. He amassed a scintillating 9th Test century, his third against Sri Lanka and second in the ongoing series.

Dhawan’s impeccable 119 off 123 balls at Pallekele today was a reminiscence of the times that his innings appeared to be more like an ODI game with a mix of aggression and typical style play. That’s the way he plays the game fearlessly just like Virender Sehwag used to express with the bat.

Shikhar Dhawan Pallekele, India
Shikhar Dhawan (Picture Source – Cricket Country/Getty Images)

Scoring runs was not easy: Dhawan

As the wicket was on the slower side, composing runs is always going to be a challenging. Before the start of the match, Sri Lankan commentator Russell Arnold told that scoring in the first session was not easy but the Indian openers proved Arnold wrong by playing the game more like a One-Day game.

“I tried to go out and express myself, I played my natural game and backed myself as much as possible. The wicket was a bit on the slower side with not much bounce. The outfield too was a bit on the slower side and run scoring wasn’t easy.They made a good comeback and performed well in the field. They deserve credit for good bowling,” India’s top-scorer of Day 1 said in press conference.

My game is attacking not defensive:

It’s no doubt that Shikhar Dhawan is a crowd puller by his lofty standards of punching and counterpunching techniques as we have seen him shimmying down the track to for big shots. “If you’re playing like a king, you will get out like a king, if I played aggressively, I will get out aggressively,” Dhawan said.

Shikhar Dhawan also clarified that he always prefers to attack not defend because that’s the way he plays the game. I know I am an aggressive batsman so I would rather get out that way (pull to square leg) than getting out in the slips and being defensive because that is not my natural game,” Dhawan concluded.