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Shikhar Dhawan
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Shikhar Dhawan

India|Opening batter
Shikhar Dhawan

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2021

Full Name

Shikhar Dhawan

Born

December 05, 1985, Delhi

Age

35y 291d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Opening batter

TEAMS

Shikhar Dhawan stunned all observers, and Australia, when he stroked his way to the fastest Test century by a debutant. That debut, in Mohali in 2012-13, came to Dhawan in his ninth year of first-class cricket after he had been written off by almost everybody, not least because India's opening combination had been fixed to the most prolific combination in their Test history: Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

Dhawan is one in a long line of stroke-players from Delhi, which became the Indian batting capital in the 2000s. He stands upright in his stance, is a bit stiff with his hands when he pushes forward, and is partial to the cover-drive. Those who played domestic cricket with him say he is supremely confident, bordering on showmanship. He is also a flamboyant personality with his ever-changing looks and the twirled moustache.

However, the attractive strokes, which were apparent even in the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup where he was the Player of the Tournament for scoring 505 runs at 84.16 with three centuries, didn't seem to translate into huge seasons in Ranji Trophy. His average stayed steady in the mid-40s, but he didn't quite dare the selectors to overlook him. After lukewarm showing in the IPL and five ODIs, and with the Test openers going well, it seemed Dhawan would be left consigned to domestic cricket and T20 leagues.

Fortune turned, though, and both Sehwag and Gambhir lost form dramatically, giving Dhawan a chance at the age of 27 with 81 caps and 5679 first-class runs to his name already. Dhawan grabbed the chance with arguably the best debut by an Indian batsman, smashing 187 off 174 balls to set up India's win in a Test that was reduced to four days. He was picked in India's squad for the Champions Trophy soon after, and carried his sizzling form into that tournament with two centuries in the side's first two matches.

Dhawan's form later tailed off in England and Australia in 2014 but he hit back with 412 runs at 51.50 in India's run to the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.
Sidharth Monga

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test34581231519040.61345866.947531612280
ODI1451428610514345.55650993.79173376372690
T20I6866317599227.921392126.3601119150190
FC12220210849922444.2625291200
List A273269211122924845.2730601340
T20295292308568106*32.706844125.182639671921180
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test34554180---2.00-000
ODI145------------
T20I68------------
FC12229814232/302/3047.332.8599.30000
List A27327224992/222/2227.665.4930.20000
T202956486641/71/716.508.2512.00000
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The Sri Lanka players are all ears as Shikhar Dhawan has a word with them
Shikhar Dhawan looks on as Dasun Shanaka flicks the coin at the toss
Dhananjaya de Silva shakes hands with Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan laboured to 40
Devdutt Padikkal gets his T20I cap from Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan flays on the off side