"It was one of my lucky days. I nicked twice and they dropped it. You have some lucky days and it was one such day. I was playing well in earlier innings too but got out. It wasn't easy out there but myself and Karthik (Dinesh) played well," a satisfied Dhawan said at the post-match conference.
     
Asked about his red-hot form since making his Test debut last March, Dhawan said, "I have scored well in domestic cricket also and been in good form. We concentrated on playing each ball on its merit after we were reduced to 65 for four. We didn't try to play too many shots. By the grace of God, I would surely serve Indian cricket for a long time."
     
Dhawan's skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for the duo as their partnership proved to be the decisive factor in the match.
     
"Initially, we made a few mistakes but Shikhar and Dinesh came out with flying colours. It's a pity that Dinesh didn't go onto make a hundred but they surpassed my expectations of target of 240-250 but they got 290," the skipper said.
     
Ask about Dhawan's reprieves, Kohli took a pragmatic approach and said, "I look at it from two angles when someone is not batting well. You can nick a few and think that nothing is going right or else you can just feel that it's my day. It's about the mindset."
     
The stand-in captain was effusive in his praise for young left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, who took four wickets.
    
 "He is a tall lad and hit the right length and has a good change of pace. We have a new side and we will be pressed hard at times but we responded beautifully under pressure," Kohli added.

(Agencies)

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