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You will see bigger stands between me and Murali Vijay: Shikhar Dhawan


Fatullah: Claiming to be a much-improved batsman, India’s Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to form with a blazing 173 in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh, today said that many more big stands are in store with his opening partner Murali Vijay.

Dhawan added 283 runs for the first wicket with Vijay (150), laying the foundation for India’s formidable first-innings score of 462 for six declared in the rain-interrupted Test match that is headed for a tame draw with Bangladesh placed at 111 for three at stumps on the fourth and penultimate day.

“This is my 14th Test match and I have learnt quite a few things from my previous tours and now you will see bigger partnerships between me and Vijay because once we spend more time in the middle and get exposed to different attacks, automatically the runs start flowing,” Dhawan told reporters at end of fourth day of the Test.

The 29-year-old Dhawan was all praise for Virat Kohli’s captaincy. “Virat is a very good captain because he holds on to this belief that the team is going to win. It doesn’t matter how it turns out eventually because our aim is to always go for the victory. Virat believes in this funda, he talks to us like a friend and this helps us in understanding him better,” the left-handed batsman said.

With more than 200 overs lost due to frequent rain interruptions in the previous three days, the Kohli-led visitors came out all guns blazing and picked up the first opposition wicket quite early today only to see a bit of resistance from the second-wicket batting pair. Asked about the flat deck at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Dhawan said shot-making was easy here.

“It’s more of a batting wicket but our bowlers have been performing well. They got three wickets. During the World Cup the pitches we played on had bounce and swing. But here within two-three overs I realised that I could start playing my shots and after that everything automatically fell in place,” he insisted.