Ind vs SL: Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan back amongst the runs

first_imgShikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli looked determined when they walked into the Galle international cricket stadium on Thursday morning. For the first 10 overs in the first session, the duo scored at a rate of two.Dhawan stood calmly and watched most of the balls go past him- a matured, and much needed approach from the Indian opener. It was refreshing to see Dhawan playing without poking at deliveries outside off stump.Virat, at the other end, played with an assured defence. He brought up his 11th half-century early in the session. It was evident from Kohli’s approach that he was hungry for big runs. Both Kohli and Dhawan gave no chance to the Sri Lankan attack. They played the nervous first session with ease and went on to score centuries.Also read: Dhawan, Kohli century gives India the lead on Day 2Nothing seemed to deter the left-handed Dhawan from playing stokes as he wasn’t playing in swinging and seaming conditions. The ball that was angled across him wasn’t troubling him anymore. He was happy to play through the line.He was cutting the ball late, he danced down the track to attack the spinners. He looked elegant. Even the offspinner Kaushal, with deliveries going away, didn’t create problems for Dhawan. The Delhi batsman was leaning forward, playing on the front foot to play the ball before it deviated.On most occasions, he elegantly reached to the pitch of the ball to drive it past the men on the offside. Dhawan in fact got to his fourth century with one such stroke.advertisementKohli on the other hand was equally eye-catching. His unique way of slapping the ball to the cover boundary was at display. Kohli reached his 11th Test hundred when he drove the Kaushal to the cover boundary. It was his fourth century as captain.The two centuries, when put into context has the potential to solve India’s batting woes.Also read: Ashwin makes instant impact on his maiden tour of Sri LankaAn opener who was out of form is regaining touch. He has the ability to perform in subcontinent conditions, but has had a poor run in away tours. So be it. For the next 12 months, the team is scheduled to play most of their matches at home.The Indian openers are fighting for their places, which is always a good sign. The selectors and the captain will have tough time when Murali Vijay gets fit.Moreover, it’s always good to have a captain who is piling up runs. The young team can take inspiration from it’s young captain who is leading from the front.last_img

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