New Delhi: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was facing a stiff competition with KL Rahul for the opening slot before the start of the first Test against Sri Lanka. But the injury of in-form opener Murali Vijay ahead of the Galle Test came as a life-line for the southpaw.
The Delhi-opener grabbed the opportunity with both hands and slammed a magnificent ton in the first innings, where many Indian batsmen failed to make their presence felt.
Dhawan played a patient knock of 134 off 271 balls with the help of 13 boundaries.
His crucial 227-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli for the third wicket on second Day of the Test put India in complete control of the game.
In fact, he remained the highest run-scorer for India in the 1st Innings.
With this splendid knock, the Delhi-lad has almost secured his place in the side for the next Test, which is the farewell Test of legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara.