There are quite a few pretty sights in and around the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, but probably none could match up to Dhawan’s delicate, yet fluid strokeplay. His pull-shots and the follow-through were a purist’s joy and his cover drives begged for applause.
Out of Dhawan's 185 not out off 168 deliveries, 144 runs came off boundaries, including a whopping 33 fours and two sixes. Among the 33 hits to the fence, almost all were along the ground. In his first Test appearance, the 27-year-old looked like a veteran as he toyed with the Australian attack.