Shikhar Dhawan made a comeback in the Indian test squad after almost 9 months and struck a magnificent century in the very first game of the 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on July 26. This was his 5th international Test century which came off just 110 balls. He opened the innings with Abhinav Mukund after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first.

In his 102* runs knock, he smashed 16 boundaries and played with a strike rate over 90. On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in at number 3 after the dismissal of Abhinav Mukund (12), is playing a stable inning and moving gradually towards his 16th international Test 50.

Shikhar Dhawan last appeared in the white outfit in October 2016 against New Zealand. He was ruled out after suffering an injury and was replaced by Gautam Gambhir. Dhawan was already going through a bad form then while the injury kept him away from the Indian squad for quite long. Later, he was surprisingly selected for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 held in England where was the highest runs getter of the tournament. He continued his good form in the West Indies tour as well where he opened the innings with Ajinkya Rahane.

Initially, Dhawan was not a part of the Test squad. Somehow Murali Vijay’s injury turned out to be blessing in disguise for Dhawan and he was included in the squad later.

As soon as Dhawan knocked his 5th Test century, the cricket fans on Twitter congratulated the Gabbar of Team India for his amazing feat!

Earlier, all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his Test debut. He received the 289th Test cap from skipper Virat Kohli right ahead of the game.

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