Shikhar Dhawan was going through a rough patch in his career before he got a hundred against Hong Kong. It might not be a high rated team, but runs are what matters. When others failed to put up a good show with the bat, Dhawan scored 127 on Tuesday in India's 26-run win over Hong Kong.
Dhawan had got the start in the three ODIs India played against England recently. He had scored 40, 36 and 44 but failed to convert the start into a big innings. However, he didn't fail this time. Starting his Asia Cup outing on a positive note, he bagged the man of the match award.
The left-handed batsman said he was always in form, but runs were not coming for him. "It wasn't a question of form, I was batting well but wasn't getting runs. Great to get runs also," the opener said.
Indian middle-order once again failed to capitalize the start they got against Hong Kong. Talking about the innings, Dhawan said, "We have won so many series in the last four years and we have also lost some. We are humans. The concern should not be such that everything else, all the good results are forgotten.
"Some failures should not overshadow all the wins. Just look at (Ambati) Rayudu, he was so good, and he was playing after such a long time. So, it's good."
Apart from Dhawan Ambati Rayudu scored 60 runs in India's 285/7.
When asked about the opening stand by Hong Kong batsman, he was also clueless. Nizakat Khan (92) and Anshuman Rath (73) had added 174 runs for the first wicket during the chase.
"We didn't expect them to score 170-run partnership but they played well. We could have been more consistent in our bowling but we have to give credit to their batsmen, the openers played well. They were calculative, have to appreciate that.
"There wasn't much swing or seam in the wicket and our bowlers were coming after a break. It takes time to get into the rhythm as well. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) was coming back after a break and Shardul (Thakur) hadn't played much in England," he reasoned.
But Dhawan was sure that India is going to win and there won't be an upset.
"...we knew that once we get the top-order, we can come back into the game. They gave a decent fight. It's always good to learn from every match," he said.