Shikhar Dhawan Biography
Shikhar Dhawan comes from a line of irrepressible Delhi stroke-makers from Delhi who have dominated India’s batting charts in the last decade or so. Following the footsteps of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Virat Kohli, the swashbuckling left-hander has carved a niche for himself with his trademark array of shots which stamp the sense of swagger you associate with only a Delhi-ite.
Representing India in the under-17 Asia Cup in 2000-01, Dhawan averaged 85 from three outings. Later that year, the 15-year old got promoted to Delhi’s under-19 squad. He broke into India’s squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2004; grabbing the opportunity with both hands, Dhawan ended the tournament as the leading run scorer. His exceptional performance led to him being promoted to Delhi’s Ranji Trophy squad for 2004-05.
For someone with that sort of pedigree, one would have imagined him breaking into the senior Indian setup, but things fell apart for the left-hander before he finally got his chance against Australia in Mohali in 2012-13. He announced himself with a belligerent 187 — the fastest hundred by a Test debutant — and followed it up with a Man of the Tournament winning performance at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
The year was the turning point for him as he scored six international tons. After a tough tour to South Africa, he scored a ton in the first Test against New Zealand in 2014 to present hope of doing well overseas.