Chennai: Shikhar Dhawan was the toast of the town when he scored the fastest century on his debut Test against Australia last month. But the ecstasy turned into frustration soon as he was sidelined from the next Test due to an injury to his hand.
The same injury forced him to sit out for the first seven matches for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. But having completely recovered, Dhawan played the team's crucial game against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday and made a quick-fire 63. But does he change his game going from one format to the other? The left-hander says he prepares differently for a T20 game than he does for a long version match.
"I do change my game a lot. Yes, I did score the fastest century on Test debut but I didn't plan to do so. It was a lucky day for me and it just happened. But generally when I am playing days of cricket I do go slow. I do prepare very differently for T20 format, mostly suiting to the demands of the game," he told iplt20.com.
"When I started batting in the nets I found that I had the same flow and rhythm that I felt during the Test. So, I just came in keeping in mind how to pace my innings and plan it. I worked on my skills in the nets and decided to plan the rest on the basis of the wicket and the bowling," he said.
Dhawan said it was very frustrating for him to miss out on his second Test. "Yes, it did. I batted so well in my first Test and then to miss out on playing the second one was very tough. But I tend to see things in a positive way. I believe things happen for the better," he added.
He said he was in pain when he was struck by a Dwayne Bravo delivery, which made him to leave the ground for a while, but didn't affect his rhythm when he resumed his innings. "I didn't think about that, honestly. I was just feeling good that the pain had lessened and I was again ready to go and bat. I'm pretty used to this pain - I keep getting fractures and such injuries. The pain doesn't take the smile off my face," he said.