Cardiff: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan said the trick to getting his maiden ODI century in the Champions Trophy opening match against South Africa was patience, conceding that it was "quite a job" adjusting to the conditions at the Swalec Stadium.
Dhawan slammed a brilliant 114 that helped India score an imposing 331 for seven against South Africa in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday.
"I am happy with the knock I played but happier because we won a game that was actually getting quite close," he told reporters in a post-match chat.
There was another 'maiden' experience for Dhawan. When the team left Indian shores, it was almost certain that the left-handed Dhawan would open the batting with Murali Vijay.
But the decisive 127-run opening stand almost certainly means Dhawan's partner for the rest of the group matches will be Rohit Sharma, who scored a polished 65.
"It was nice to play with Rohit. He is such a pleasure to watch and really runs the singles very well. We adjusted to the conditions very well and once we settled down, the runs started coming. It was quite a job," Dhawan said.