Facing Rashid Khan at Sunrisers Hyderabad nets was an advantage: Dhawan

Vastavam web: The IPL clearly has its advantages and Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan admits that he has been a direct beneficiary of facing Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan at the Sunrisers Hyderabad nets for the past two years.Dhawan smashed his way to a 96-ball-107 and was especially severe on Rashid during his first session century as India finished the day at 347 for 6 on the first day of the historic one-off Test.

One thing (advantage) is that I have faced him (Rashid) in the nets for the past two years as we play for the same IPL team. I am used to his bowling and that was an advantage for sure. It helped me, Dhawan said at the post-match press conference.They came back very well in the final session and I am sure they are going to learn a lot of things and go a long way ahead. Of course, I enjoyed my battle with Rashid and I am happy that I dominated. But he is a great bowler and on his day, he will take some serious wickets, Dhawan praised the young Afghan star.

He became the first Indian to score a hundred in the first session of a Test match and he didn’t know about it till he came back to the dressing room.It feels great. I didn’t know about the record till I came back into the dressing room at lunch where it showed on TV. Every player has his own game and a team is made up of different characters. My game is different from Vijay’s. Each one of us has different qualities. There are a few who love to step out and hit while a few play spinners from within the crease. Each one has his own plan. My strength is to step out and I played accordingly. For Dhawan, attack is the best form of defence and he went with the flow from the start of the innings.