Dhawan praises Sri Lankan spinners

The century-maker admitted spin duo Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan bowled well to restrict India on Day One.

“K. L. Rahul (right) and I played nicely.”   -  AP

Shoulders covered with tattoos and a constant smile as his second skin, centurion Shikhar Dhawan struck a happy pose in the media interaction here on Saturday.

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The animated celebration

It was a fun thing with the boys. We made a sign and it had nothing to do with the second century (of the series). They gave me a new name and I was just celebrating that. I can’t disclose the name.

Vaas pleased with comeback with the ball

A day of runs and wickets

The wicket is a bit on the slower side and has not much bounce. K. L. Rahul and I played nicely. We played our shots and got out. It was not as if we got out because of the pitch. After that, the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled well and pulled the match a little bit towards their side but we [have] got a decent score and we still have good batsmen and [can] score more runs, may be [take the total to] 400 or more.

The surface

It (the pitch) is dry but I can’t say whether it is going to break because I don’t know about it. Let’s see how it goes on the third day and we will all know. When Sri Lanka bats, we are going to squeeze hard and not give away easy runs.

Sri Lankan spinners

The chinaman bowler (Lakshan Sandakan) was turning the ball. It’s hard to pick his googly. The left-arm bowler (Malinda Pushpakumara) is also good and he took wickets by bowling on the right spot.

His batting style

I was jokingly saying that if you bat like a king, you should also get out like a king, you should not be dismissed like a soldier. I am an aggressive batsman, so I would rather get out that way than getting out in the slips.