Shikhar Dhawan became the third Indian opener to score centuries in two consecutive innings on Thursday. India finished their first innings with a lead of 192 runs over Sri Lanka in the first Test match at the Galle International Stadium, courtesy - twin centuries from Dhawan and India captain Virat Kohli.
Dhawan expressed his happiness after the stumps on Day 2. He said he was delighted to contribute for the team's cause and it was not difficult for him to curb his natural game.
"I don't think it was hard for me to cut down my natural game. I enjoy playing like this. Sometimes, I also enjoy leaving the ball. The team needed that kind of batting and that's what I delivered for my team," Dhawan told reporters at the post-stumps press conference on Thursday.
Dhawan was given a number of lives by Sri Lanka fielders during his gritty knock. And of course it made the left-hander happy. He also stressed on the fact that he bruised his arm while fielding and that hampered his shot selection.
"I am happy that they dropped my catches. As a batsman, I want to stay as long as possible at the crease. So when somebody drops your catch, you want to be alert again and start in a fresh away, and that's what I did. I sustained the injury because of the catch I dropped (Kaushal Silva off Varun Aaron's bowling) in the first innings. It affected a little bit on my batting and I wasn't playing too many shots. If I hadn't had any pain, my score could have been more. I had also moved out of slips during fielding, because of the pain," Dhawan said.