- Shikhar Dhawan
- Current Team
|FULL NAME||Shikhar Dhawan|
|BORN||December 5, 1985
|AGE||33 Years, 2 Months, 21 Days|
|BATTING STYLE||Left Handed|
|BATTING RANK||Test – 48, ODI – 10, World Cup – 10, T20I – 11, IPL – NA, CL – NA|
|BOWLING RANK||Test – NA, ODI – NA, World Cup – NA, T20I – NA, IPL – NA, CL – NA|
|TEAMS PLAYED||India, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board Presidents XI, India Green, India Red, India Seniors, North Zone, Rest of India, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, India Under-19, Delhi, Mumbai A, Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|MAN OF THE MATCH||Test – 4, ODI – 8, World Cup – 2, T20I – 4, IPL – 4, CL – 0,|
|CAREER SPAN||[Test, 2013 – 2018], [ODI, 2010 – 2019], [World Cup, 2015], [T20I, 2011 – 2019], [IPL, 2008 – 2018], [CL, 2010 – 2013],|
SHIKHAR DHAWAN PROFILE
Shikhar Dhawan first made waves at the 2004 U-19 World Cup, amassing 505 runs from seven innings to become the leading scorer, after which many prophesied good things for him and he didn’t take long to live up to his reputation with heavy runs in domestic cricket. However, unfortunately for him, it was during a time when the national team was full to the brim with world-class players and it was next to impossible to break into that team.
His patience and good performance, however, paid off in October 2010 when he was called up to the Indian team for three ODIs against Australia. As ill luck would have it, two games were abandoned due to rain and in the second match, he had a nightmare of a debut by scoring a two-ball duck. The next chance for him came in mid-2011 against the West Indies but he failed to impress much in the four ODIs he played with scores of 51, 3, 4 and 11. After that many wrote him off, saying he didn’t have it in him to make it big in international cricket. However, consistent performances at the domestic level helped him keep his place in India’s second tier of players. All he needed was some rub of the green and that came during the 2013 Test series against the visiting Australians.
After a string of excellent domestic performances, he was handed an India debut against Australia in 2010. He scored a duck and made no significant contributions for a while, as he continued to be the quintessential replacement player in the side. However, given the controversial axing of Virender Sehwag after the second Test, Dhawan was handed the desirable India Test cap to make his debut against the Australians in March 2013. He had a start that he wouldn’t have imagined in his wildest dreams as he raced away to the fastest ever hundred on debut off just 85 balls, and was finally dismissed for a boundary-filled 187.
Dhawan had a purple patch in 2013, and continued his form in ODIs and emerging as the player of the tournament in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013. He blazed away to 363 runs in just five games, including two hundred. When Australia toured India in October 2013, Dhawan was relentless in his pursuit of runs as he slammed a ton and two fifties, finishing with 284 runs in six matches. He continued his good run in the home series against West Indies as well, becoming the highest run-getter for India in the calendar year.
Dhawan had a dismal Test series against South Africa in 2013 and an even worse one in England in 2014, with a best of 37 in six innings, where his problems outside off were exposed, as he committed to the line of the ball too early, thereby ending up not accounting for the lateral movement and had a tendency of chasing the ball. He continued to struggle in Tests barring a rather scratchy 81 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, Dhawan did not get any significant scores in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Due to his technical deficiencies, he forfeited his spot to Lokesh Rahul. However, in limited-overs cricket, where the pitches are true and all is rosy, Dhawan continued to prosper.
Dhawan has struggled for form in the longer format, with some small chinks in his armor such as the tendency of poking outside off and playing beside the line of the ball at all times rather than over it. Some of the virtues that work for him in the limited form, such as playing close to his body, do not work for him in the longer format because of the parallax error that he undergoes since he doesn’t get his eyes over the ball while playing it the moving ball.
However, Dhawan continued to remain India’s go-to man in ODIs and delivered another fine performance in an ICC event, making him a specialist for the biggest stage in the limited-overs format. Despite his limitations, his carefree attitude and his explosive off-side shots, one can’t help but draw comparisons with another maverick opener from Delhi. The ability to peak during ICC events makes him an almost indispensable asset to the side in limited -overs cricket – a rather theatrical oddity in his career with the utopian twist of opportune comebacks.
- In 2004, Shikhar Dhawan played for India in the U-19 Cricket World Cup. He was the lead run scorer and made a total of 505 runs from 7 innings which is a record for a single U-19 World Cup.
- In 2004-05, he made his Ranji debut for Delhi and became the team’s leading run-getter scoring 461 runs.
- In October 2010, He made his ODI debut against Australia in Visakhapatnam.
- In June 2011, He made his T-20 International debut against West Indies tour at Queen’s Park Oval. In the 1st ODI of the tour he scored his maiden ODI fifty.
- On March 14, 2013, he made his Test debut against Australia. On the third day of the test series, he scored the fastest century on a Test debut and broke the record of the highest score by an Indian debutant which was held by Gundappa Viswanath. Shikhar Dhawan scored 185 not out from 168 balls.
- In the Indian Premier League, Shikhar Dhawan has played for Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad.