The middle-order mainstay of his team came to the defence of misfiring senior batsman Angelo Mathews, saying all the batsmen needed to perform against the rampaging Indian attack after they nearly lost the opening game in Kolkata and crashed by an innings and 239 runs at Nagpur.
Salary structure-related discussions between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on Thursday have not gone down well with the majority of the BCCI members.
The tourists claimed two wickets in the morning session and two more in the final one but it otherwise was a microcosm of a series dominated by the hosts as India scored at more than four runs an over to reach 371 for four 4 at the close.
Virat Kohli remained unbeaten after scoring 156, which included 16 fours, as India were 371/4 at stumps on Day 1. The 29-year-old Delhi resident has become the 11th Indian player to achieve this feat.
Dhawan could not make the most of the opportunity, though, his attempted sweep shot off Dilruwan Perera finding Suranga Lakmal at deep square leg.
Having made his fifty before lunch, Vijay smashed a boundary off left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan to register his second successive ton in the three-match series.
Cheteshwar Pujara was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a sliding delivery from paceman Lahiru Gamage. He also got stumped in a very similar manner to the same bowler to whom Vijay gave his wicket a few balls earlier.
"We did some precautionary scans, everything is clear but we have to monitor him tonight".