Shikhar Dhawan's 32nd birthday was a special one as he celebrated it with his family, off the field. It was also a decent one on the field. A half-century (67) on Day four of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka set a good tone for his birthday celebration.
Dhawan posted a video where he thanked his fans and wrote, “Thank you everyone for your wishes. It was a really special birthday as I’m with my family. More than that, I did well on the field as well.”
Thank you everyone for your warm wishesðŸ¤—ðŸ¤— pic.twitter.com/aJYP3INg03— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 5, 2017
In the post-match conversation, the left-hander said, "I really enjoyed scoring fifty today, especially as it is my birthday. Very special to me."
"It is lovely that my family is here and thanks to everyone for your wishes and support. It was a special birthday for me as my family is here and then I also played well on the field. Even the supporters at the stadium sang the birthday song for me. Thank you, everyone," he added.
Dhawan's innings in the second innings was important as India didn't start well in the second innings. They lost Murali Vijay for 9 and then saw Ajinkya Rahane going back to the hut for 10 to get reduced to 29/2. Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara then did the repair job with a steady 77-run stand for the third wicket before Dhananjaya de Silva removed Pujara for 49.