Senior players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took to micro-blogging site Twitter to congratulate their statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who announced his arrival on international stage with a mind-blowing unbeaten 185 off 168 balls on Saturday.
"Awesome stuff Shikhi boy! :) Best debut ever!! So proud of you. Go for a huge one tomorrow!," Sehwag tweeted.
Gambhir urged his junior to continue the good work and crush the opposition.
"Jatt ji (Shikhar Dhawan) proud of u. Well done. Pakdey rehna, chordnaa nahi. They r down, crush 'em. Make it large Shikhar."
South African pacer Dale Steyn, who played alongside Dhawan in IPL side Deccan Chargers and will now play for Sunrisers also wished the left-hander good luck.
"I hear Shikhar is smoking it! So happy for him! U go my friend!!!," wrote Steyn.