ICC Champions Trophy: I am naturally courageous, opening with Rohit was a joy, says Shikhar Dhawan

The dashing left-hander who scored his maiden ODI century, said the absence of Dale Steyn did not make the South African attack any weaker.

updated: June 07, 2013 01:55 IST
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Cardiff: Shikhar Dhawan put it down to "patience" as the trick to his maiden ODI century at Swalec Stadium here on Thursday. Dhawan slammed a brilliant 114 that helped India score an imposing 331 for 7 against South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy. "I am happy with the knock I played but happier because we won a game that was actually getting quite close," he told reporters in a post-match chat. India beat South Africa by 26 runs.

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There was another 'maiden' experience for Dhawan on Thursday morning. When the team left Indian shores it was almost certain that the left-handed Dhawan would open the batting with Murali Vijay. But Thursday's decisive 127-run opening stand almost certainly means Dhawan's partner for the rest of the group matches will be Rohit Sharma, who scored a polished 65. (Read: Unforced errors and miscommunication ruined us, admits South Africa captain AB De Villiers)

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