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Shikhar Dhawan blasts Sri Lanka with record knock in Galle Test

India opener Shikhar Dhawan was unlucky to miss a maiden double century but his 190 in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle saw India break many records with Virat Kohli’s side dominating the match on the first day.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 26, 2017 21:20 IST
Siddharth Vishwnathan
Siddharth Vishwnathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during Day 1 of the first Test match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle.(REUTERS)

Shikhar Dhawan capitalised on his Test comeback in grand style as he blasted a magnificent 190 on the opening day of the Galle cricket Test against Sri Lanka. (IND vs SL Day 1 Highlights)

The left-hander, who last played a Test in October against New Zealand in Kolkata, put on a brilliant show and was unlucky to miss a maiden double century. He tore into the inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling to straightaway put India on top in the opening Test of the three-match series. (IND vs SL Day 1 Scorecard)

Dhawan’s brilliant 168-ball knock comprising 31 fours saw several records fall. Here is a list of records eclipsed.

190 - Shikhar Dhawan’s highest individual score in Test cricket. His previous highest was 187, scored on debut against Australia in Mohali in 2013. This is his third 150-plus score in Tests.

126 - Number of runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan in the session between lunch and tea. This is the fourth highest number of runs scored by any batsman in the second session of play. England batsman Denis Compton tops the list with 173 runs in one session against Pakistan in 1954 at Old Trafford, Manchester. That is followed by 150 by England’s Wally Hammond against New Zealand in Auckland in 1932/33. Australia’s Stan McCabe smashed 127 runs, against England in Trent Bridge in 1938.

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2 - Dhawan’s 126 runs in a session is the second most by an Indian batsman in Tests. Virender Sehwag smashed 133 in a session during the 2009 Test against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne stadium, Mumbai, in an innings where he blasted 293 runs.

3 - Shikhar Dhawan’s 190 is the third-highest individual score by an Indian in Tests in Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 203 at the SSC ground, Colombo in 2010 followed by Sehwag’s 201 in Galle in 2008.

5 - Shikhar Dhawan has the joint fifth-highest individual score by a visiting batsmen in Tests at Galle. Chris Gayle’s 333 is on top while Sehwag and Mushfiqur Rahim are the other batsmen to hit double centuries at this seaside venue. Dhawan’s 190 equals the individual Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful’s knock in 2013.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 16:45 IST