Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his maiden ODI century against South Africa at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday, put it down to 'patience' for his knock in India's tournament opener in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Dhawan slammed a brilliant 114 that helped India score an imposing 331 for seven against South Africa in the opening match of the tournament.

"I am happy with the knock I played but happier because we won a game that was actually getting quite close," he told reporters in a post-match chat.

There was another 'maiden' experience for Dhawan on Thursday morning. When the team left Indian shores it was almost certain that the left-handed Dhawan would open the batting with Murali Vijay. But Thursday's decisive 127-run opening stand almost certainly means Dhawan's partner for the rest of the group matches will be Rohit Sharma, who scored a polished 65.