Shikhar Dhawan, who made 1,21 and 0 in the previous three ODIs, registered career-best 143 off 115 deliveries. @ Twitter

Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a thunderous century – his 16th in ODIs – as India posted 358/9 in the fourth one-day international against Australia at Mohali on Sunday. (ALSO READ: Shikhar Dhawan’s 143 takes India to 358/9)

Reflecting on his immaculate career-best 143 off 115 deliveries, a knock that was studded with 18 boundaries and three sixes, Dhawan, who registered scores of 1, 21 and nought in the previous three ODIs, was pleased that to strike form just in the nick of time with the ICC World Cup 2019 around the corner.

“It was a good innings from me. The wicket was really nice, I took calculative risks, they were bowling good lines and I was respecting it. Smart work paid off for me and I’m happy about it. When you put so much of hardwork, you expect the outcome to go your way but sometimes it doesn’t,” the southpaw told the broadcasters after the first innings. (ALSO READ: Shikhar Dhawan crosses 10,000 List A runs, becomes 11th Indian to reach the milestone)

So good was Dhawan that he made up for Rohit Sharma’s rusty start. However, once Rohit picked up the pace, the duo notched up fifties and recorded their highest ever opening stand against Australia, making 193 runs. Rohit perished five runs short of what would be a deserving century after he fell to Jhye Richardson.

“For both of us (myself and Rohit), we didn’t get a good start from the last few matches. We were communicating today well today. If you notice today, we both were on nineties at the same time. He’s (Rohit) a class batsman. It’s good to see 150-run opening partnership and that’s been our strength,” Dhawan said. (ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are India’s second-best opening pair in ODIs)

Asked about his favourite shot during his innings, Dhawan said: “I liked that shot when I stepped out and hit it over covers (his stand-out shot). It’s a good surface to bat on, we’ve got 350 on the board and Australians will feel the pressure from ball one. Wicket is going to get slower, there seems to be some reverse for the bowlers and we should look to exploit it.”