New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday became only the third Indian opener to score back-to-back Test hundreds in away matches. Resuming on a personal score of 53 runs, the left-handed batsman reached his fourth hundred on the second day of the first Test at Galle.
Dhawan, 29, emulated the feat, achieved by batting legends Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid, with a well-timed cover drive off Dhammika Prasad in the sixth ball of 57th over. Gavaskar, making his India debut, scored centuries in three successive matches against West Indies in 1971. He scored 116 at Georgetown, 117* Bridgetown and 124& 220 in Port of Spain to announce his arrival.
Dravid, known as one the greatest number three batsman, also scored centuries while opening. While opening alongside Virender Sehwag against Pakistan in 2006, Dravid scored 128* and 103 in back-to-back Test matches in Lahore and Faisalabad.
Before the Galle Test, Dhawan had scored 173 runs against Bangladesh at Fatullah in June. He started his Test career with a bang, scoring 187 in the first innings against Australia at Mohali in 2013. After a lean patch, he scored his second Test century in 2014, against New Zealand in Auckland.