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For a long time Shikhar Dhawan (above) was lurking under the shadows of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in domestic cricket © IANS

Mumbai: Jun 13, 2013

Shikhar Dhawan, who has had a sensational Test debut and slammed consecutive One-Day International centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, once thought of quitting cricket, revealed his coach Tarak Sinha.

“It was quite difficult to convince him to continue with cricket. But I managed to keep him going. I assured him his efforts wouldn’t go waste. I am very happy for him. He has worked very hard and deserves every bit of his success,” Sinha was quoted as saying by MiD DAY. Sinha coached Dhawan since he was 12-years old.

His cricketing journey began with a phenomenal run in the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup where he was awarded player of the tournament. Ever since his debut for Delhi in First-Class cricket, he has been on the fringes in the presence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. But today, Dhawan has replaced the same seniors under who he started off his domestic career.

Dhawan made his ODI debut in 2010 against Australia but failed to continue his good run which saw him excluded from the national side. With poor form striking India’s leading opener’s Sehwag and Gambhir, Dhawan finally managed to find a place in the side. In the little window of opportunity, Dhawan smashed a record-breaking 187 off 174 balls against Australia in the recent Test series which catapulted him into the big stage.

“He has shown tremendous maturity. His body balance is perfect. His fearless attitude is the reason behind his good performance,” said Sinha.

“He now understands the importance of staying at the wicket. He was very impatient earlier, but has worked on this aspect. The long wait has made him more determined to make every opportunity count,” said Sinha pointing towards a mature Dhawan back in the international arena.