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Shikhar Dhawan
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Shikhar Dhawan

India|opening batsman
Shikhar Dhawan

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2021

Full Name

Shikhar Dhawan

Born

December 05, 1985, Delhi

Age

35y 131d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Opening batsman

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
ODI1421397597714345.28636593.9173274871660
T20I6563316739227.881313127.4101118249190
FC12220210849922444.2625291200
List A270266201110124845.1230591310
T20285282298187106*32.356536125.262619251851130
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test34554180---2.00-000
ODI142------------
T20I65------------
FC12229814232/302/3047.332.8599.30000
List A27027224992/222/2227.665.4930.20000
T202856486641/71/716.508.2512.00000
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Shikhar Dhawan's slip catching added to the Delhi Capitals' strength
Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply in the powerplay
Shikhar Dhawan punished Chennai Super Kings in a knock of 85 off 54
Shikhar Dhawan sends one into the night sky
Shikhar Dhawan brings out the innovations
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw put up a fifty-plus stand