Shikhar Dhawan    Getty Images
Shikhar Dhawan Getty Images

Shikhar Dhawan, India’s very own ‘Gabbar’, turns 32 on December 5, Tuesday. Dhawan might not have had the ideal start to limited-overs cricket in 2010, but his Test debut was a memorable one. Dhawan burst into the international scene by scoring the fastest century on Test debut. The match was against Australia in 2013 and Dhawan scored a whopping 174-ball 187. Thereafter he was chosen for the 2013 Champions Trophy where he scored two centuries in the first two matches of the tournament.

However, Dhawan had his set of struggles before entering the Indian squad. Dhawan was almost written off by everyone as India s opening pair Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were producing successful results in Tests. Dhawan is one in a long line of stroke-players from Delhi, which became the Indian batting capital in the 2000s. His attractive strokes have been part of his skills since U-19 days. During 2003-04 U19 World Cup, Dhawan was named Player of the Tournament with tally of 505 runs at 84.16 with three centuries.

After losing his spot in the Indian squad due to inconsistent performance in 2016, Dhawan s career saw resurgence in 2017. He became the leading run-scorer in Champions Trophy that earned him a Test recall in place of injured Murali Vijay against Sri Lanka. He went on to score two centuries in both the matches he played at Sri Lanka. Currently he is playing in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Delhi. He completed 8,000 First-Class runs during the second innings of the third Test.

Dhawan also has a flamboyant personality. His unique looks and twirled mustaches sets him apart from the rest of the Team India members. Dhawan is also called jaat-ji by many of his teammates. Dhawan is married to Ayesha Mukherjee, an Anglo-Indian amateur boxer with Australian citizenship. Shikhar and Ayesha had a son Zoravar in early 2014