Mohali: When he walked off the field, head held high, unconquered on 183, Shikhar Dhawan broke stride just before reaching the ropes. Reacting to the excitement in the dressing-room and the exuberant exhortations of Harbhajan Singh, Dhawan stopped to style his moustache. Twirling it up in a manner that is likely to be widely copied after his sensational debut, Dhawan returned to the warm embrace of his team. Soon after, he spoke to the media about what the day meant to him.
On what it feels like to achieve what he did
It feels very good. I'd like to thank God. It was a dream for me to score so well on my debut. I've been working hard since I was dropped after I played my last One-Day International for India. I worked really hard and changed myself and became a more mature player. I was waiting for a chance. I did very well in the domestic circuit, and was waiting for a chance to play in international cricket. I guess that went my way.
On whether he was nervous nearing his half-century or century
I was nervous, but you didn't realise it. No, I was certainly nervous, but I wasn't as nervous as I used to be earlier.