Shikhar Dhawan, a left-handed opening batsman, is one of the most famous Indian run-scorers who has participated in games of all three formats. He has made over 9500 runs in international cricket, having taken part in 230 matches. He and Rohit Sharma have established themselves as one of the greatest opening pairs for the Indian team. During his career, he has scored a total of 24 centuries and 44 half-centuries. Fondly called Gabbar by his teammates, he is famous for his thigh-five celebration.
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Batting Career Summary
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Shikhar Dhawan was born in Delhi on 5 December 1985. His parents, Sunaina and Mahendra Pal Dhawan, belonged to a Punjabi family. Dhawan married his girlfriend Ayesha Mukherjee in 2012. Together they have a son named Zoravar and Dhawan adopted Ayesha`s two daughters. Ayesha and kids are currently living in Melbourne, Australia.
With Tarak Sinha as a coach, 12-year-old Dhawan started professional cricket training at a rather young age. He represented Delhi Under-16s at the beginning of the 2000s and was top in scoring runs. Noticed by selectors, he was chosen for India Under-17s and Delhi Under-19 teams where he impressed everyone with his amazing batting skills.
Dhawan first came into the limelight with his brilliant performances during the 2004-Under 19 World Cup. He set the tournament`s record for the highest number of runs, having scored 505, including three centuries. He played for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy with such famous cricket players as Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Ashish Nehra. In the period from 2008 to 2010, Dhawan was representing different teams: North Zone, India-A and India Seniors. All matches he participated in resulted in him receiving a good rate for scoring. His highest score of 248 runs in 150 balls, achieved in 2013, is considered one of the best performances in the domestic List A cricket.
In October 2010, Dhawan was for the first time called to join the national team to play against the Australians. However, he was not able to show extraordinary performance. His first breakthrough season came in 2013 and he finished as one of the leading players of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament with 363 runs in 5 innings, 2 centuries and a fifty. He was instrumental in India winning the Champions trophy in 2013. He became one of the regular openers of the Indian team alongside Rohit Sharma, after the retirement of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.
In 2014, Dhawan`s career was in a slump with low scores during the tours in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the 2014 Asia Cup. But India Skipper Nevertheless, MS Dhoni, an acclaimed Indian skipper, had his faith in Shikhar Dhawan and gave him a chance in the 2015 World Cup squad. Dhawan didn’t let MS Dhoni down, scoring a century in the match against South Africa and finishing the World Cup with 412 runs, the highest result for the Indian team. Dhawan was proclaimed a big match player scoring runs in the ICC tournaments.
Later, his career again went downhill with him suffering from several injuries and being in rather bad shape which led to his exclusion from the team. Selected for the Champions Trophy held in 2017 in England, he made a comeback. Shikhar Dhawan set the whole tournament on fire with his batting, achieving 338 runs, and received the Golden Bat for becoming the tournament`s highest run-scorer. He broke several records, setting one for the biggest number of centuries (three) and another one for being the fastest to reach 500 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy (7 matches). Dhawan continued walking on his path of success and was awarded the ICC Player of the Year in 2018. One of the current senior players in the team, he represented India in the 3-match ODI series against Australia scoring 96 and 74 runs in the first two matches. He did not bat in the third one as he suffered an injury while fielding.
Strike rate: 94.02;
Highest score: 143.
Shikhar Dhawan made his Test debut against Australia in 2013 and his achievement of 187 runs made everyone notice him. He scored the fastest century ever made by a player during a Test debut (85 balls) and was a real pain for the Australian bowlers, scoring 187 runs off just 174 balls. No doubt his name is among those of the greatest players with the best debut performances ever made by Indian cricketers. Dhawan`s Test career has not been as outstanding as his ODI one because he was in and out of the team more often.
Excluded from the team after his poor performance in England and South Africa in 2014, he made a comeback against Bangladesh to score two back-to-back centuries in two test matches. He was once again dropped from the team after a chain of low scores in matches against South Africa, West Indies, and New Zealand in 2016.
Another grand comeback of his was staged with him achieving the highest Test score of 190 against Sri Lanka and becoming the first Indian batsman to score a century before the lunch session. Dhawan fell off selectors’ radar after his poor performance during England tour in 2018 and he is currently not a regular member of the Indian Test team. Dhawan is believed to be struggling to bat in swinging conditions and has only scored one century in New Zealand when playing in SENA countries (15 matches).
Strike rate: 66.95;
Highest score: 190.
Shikhar Dhawan made his debut against West Indies in 2010 and was dismissed for just 5 runs. He became a regular member of the team in 2014 and has been scoring runs consistently ever since. So far he has achieved 1588 runs at a strike rate of 128. For the last five years, Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the most prolific players of the Indian team in the limited-overs format. He is the second-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in T20Is for India, following KL Rahul (42 matches).
Strike rate: 128.57;
Highest score: 92.
Shikhar Dhawan started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils in 2008, scoring 340 runs and 4 half-centuries. Mumbai Indians picked him in the 2009 auctions and he played for them in 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was not consistent with scoring when playing for the Mumbai team. In 2011, he was invited to join Deccan Chargers, scoring 400 runs when opening the batting. Dhawan was later picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 after Deccan Chargers had been dissolved in 2012. He played in Sunrisers Hyderabad for 6 years (2013 – 2018). He scored almost 500 runs thrice (2012, 2016 and 2018) and formed brilliant partnerships with David Warner and Kane Williamson. In 2016, Dhawan won the IPL trophy for the first time while being a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad and was chosen captain of the team in 10 matches. In 2019, he was sold to Delhi Capitals and has scored 521 runs since then. He made 37 fifties in the IPL but failed to score a century despite making it to 90s in three matches.
Strike rate: 124.80;
Highest score: 97.
Notable awards & achievements
- ICC Player of the Year 2013;
- Widen Player of the Year 2014;
- ICC Batsman of the Year 2018;
- Golden Bat – ICC Champions Trophy 2013;
- Golden Bat – ICC Champions Trophy 2017;
- The only player to win Golden Bat twice in Champions trophy (2013 and 2017);
- Fastest test century on debut (85 balls);
- Most runs scored by an Indian player in 100 ODIs – 4309 runs;
- Quickest Indian player to reach 1000, 2000, 3000 runs in ODIs;
- First Indian batsman to score a century before lunch session in tests;
- Fastest batsman to score 1000 runs in ICC tournaments;
- Most runs in T20Is in 2018.