Shikhar Dhawan was technically out before he had faced a ball in Test matches. The first delivery of the innings slipped out of the bowler Mitchell Starc's hand and landed on the non-striker's stumps with Dhawan out of his ground. There was no appeal, but for the remainder of the afternoon Australia had reason to ponder their generosity. Dhawan took full advantage with a breathtaking century, its 85-ball duration the swiftest ever by a Test debutant.
Replying to a tally of 408 swelled by Australia's tail, Dhawan and M Vijay formed a beautifully balanced union that did not take long to become plainly disdainful of the visiting bowlers. Dhawan's stroke range was awe-inspiring, no fewer than 21 boundaries streaming from his bat to all parts of the PCA ground. He was most savage through cover, piercing gaps no matter how many fielders Michael Clarke employed to patrol the region.
He's 185 not-out at the moment. Absolutely amazing Innings, one of the best ever!