5 Indian players who made a successful transition from U-19 to international cricket

Kartik Seth

Shikhar Dhawan

It took Dhawan 6 more years before he played his First International Match.

Shikhar Dhawan, along with Robin Uthappa, was the backbone of India's U-19 squad in 2004, which was led by Ambati Rayudu. He was instrumental in taking India to the semifinals of the tournament, leading the scoring charts with 505 runs in 7 matches at a whopping average of 84.16, which included a score of 155* against Scotland in the group stage. He was awarded the Man of the Tournament as well.

Although Uthappa made it to the Indian team soon, Dhawan had to take the long road before finally making an impact at the international level.

Making his ODI debut in 2010, Dhawan faced an international exile for three more years before making his Test debut in 2013 and boy, what a debut that was! Ever since that lightning 187 against Australia, he has become a permanent member of India across all formats.

Famous for his explosive style of play, the swashbuckling opener was named the Player of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. His form has been a little inconsistent, but when on song, Gabbar is a force to be reckoned with.

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