<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shikhar Dhawan: Played my natural game" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130318111654.jpg" title="Shikhar Dhawan: Played my natural game" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shikhar Dhawan's century was the fastest by a batsman on debut and the highest by an Indian debutant © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Mohali: Mar 18, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> India's debutant opener <a href="/tags/Shikhar-Dhawan/post" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a> said it was important for him to play his natural game as his 187 runs in the first innings helped India beat Australia by six wickets and take an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-scrape-to-tense-win-over-Australia-to-take-3-0-lead-in-Border-Gavaskar-Trophy/24188https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-scrape-to-tense-win-over-Australia-to-take-3-0-lead-in-Border-Gavaskar-Trophy/24188" target="_blank">unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series</a>.<br /> <br /> Dhawan and <a href="/tags/Murali-Vijay/post" target="_blank">Murali Vijay</a> (153) strung together a 289-run partnership for the first wicket in the first innings which proved to be decisive.<br /> <br /> "I would like to thank god and my family," Dhawan, the man of the match, said during the post-match presentation.<br /> <br /> "It's s dream come true. When I entered, I was nervous for three-four balls. Once I got into my rhythm, I played my natural game. Vijay did a great job too," he said.<br /> <br /> Dhawan's century was the fastest by a batsman on debut and the highest by an Indian debutant.<br /> <br /> "I wanted to stay at the crease as long as possible, I didn't want to throw my wicket away. I will cherish this for the rest of my life," he said.<br /> <br /> The left-hander though failed to come out in the second innings after injuring his finger while fielding.<br /> <br /> "The finger is going to take a bit of a time. It's all part and parcel of the game. I fell on my knuckles when I dived."