Dambulla - Opening batsman
Shikhar Dhawan says he has learnt from his past failures after helping India
crush Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Dambulla on Sunday.
Dhawan struck a
blistering unbeaten 132 off just 90 balls as India easily chased down a target
of 217 with more than 20 overs to spare to take a one-nil lead in the
Dhawan's place in the side was questioned before the series in Sri Lanka but he
has repaid the faith shown in him by the selectors with his third century in
six innings on tour, including two in the Test series.
Dhawan said after the
game on Sunday: "I would like to keep performing well. That would be my
goal because if I don't perform there are such great batsmen in our side that
anyone can take the place".
"I embrace that
period also. When I was not doing well I was just focusing on my processes. And
when I am doing well, I am still focusing on my processes.
"I feel failure
teaches you a lot and I am lucky I have learnt so much out of that." Dhawan insists he
needs to keep his form and fitness levels up as the younger players in the
national side keep him on his toes.
He continued: "I
would like to keep my fitness on a high level because all the young boys are
there (in the Indian side). I like to keep myself fit (and be) at the pace of
I don't really have
too many goals that I have to score these many runs. I just focus on my process
and in my process everything comes in. "My fitness,
skills, fielding. These are my process and I keep doing it."
The second ODI
between Sri Lanka and India takes place in Pallekele on Thursday.