Originally Posted by fredfertang
At 27 too - where have India been hiding him, or does his innings say more about Australia's bowling than Dhawan's batting?
This guy always had a lot of talent and was earmarked from his U19 days to be a great indian batsmen. He did not kick on due to mental frailties (which he even admits to himself). But he did the hard yards in first class cricket and took a very professional approach to developing his batting; it has now paid dividends.
Australia bowled a lot of poor deliveries at him; short and wide ones, full tosses etc but that was only after he pressurised them into bowling badly by driving many good length balls on the up through covers, pulling bouncers, consistently piercing the gaps on full deliveries, dancing down the wickets to spinners and seamers etc. Pitch was definitely on the batsmen friendly side, BUT bearing in mind that he's on debut, his partner M Vijay who got 167 in the last test match has only scored 80 odd so far at a strike rate of 45 and Michael Clarke (one of the two best batsmen in the world ATM) got a duck on this same batting track, says something about this performance. Simply put, it is truly a once in a lifetime, outstanding performance.