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"Love you, Jatta"- Cricket fraternity extends birthday wishes as opener Shikhar Dhawan turns 37

Shikhar Dhawan with his opening partner Rohit Sharma (right) - @GETTY IMAGES
Shikhar Dhawan with his opening partner Rohit Sharma (right) - @GETTY IMAGES

The Indian cricket community extended warm wishes to Indian ODI opener Shikhar Dhawan as he turned 37 on Monday (December 5). The southpaw is currently in Bangladesh, playing a 3-match ODI series against the neighboring nation.

Dhawan has only been in the reckoning for the ODI format for Team India over the past few years as selectors have preferred others in Test and T20I formats. He also led the Indian side on a couple of occasions in ODI series over the past year as other multi-format players were rested due to work-load management.

With the ODI World Cup scheduled to place in India next winter, the birthday boy needs to put on consistent performances in the bilateral series to secure his opening spot, as youngsters like Shubman Gill are eagerly waiting on the sidelines.

On the occasion of his 37th birthday, Dhawan's teammates and other members of the cricket fraternity were quick to wish him well on social media platforms. Harbhajan Singh led the way with a special post on Twitter.

Happy Birthday brother @SDhawan25 Always a laughter when you are around.. Never a dull moment . Keep shining and rising .. love you jatta โค๏ธ๐Ÿค— #jattatskype ๐Ÿ˜‰ https://t.co/sr8GHLqgIW
Happy birthday Gabbar ๐Ÿฆ May you keep pulling the ball as hard as Zoravar is pulling your nose ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿคช stay blessed brother! Lots of love ๐Ÿค— @SDhawan25 โค๏ธ https://t.co/d6owe5ft7b
Keep killing them with your smile, Gabbar. ๐Ÿ˜ŠHappy birthday, @SDhawan25 ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’— https://t.co/Cx4Nmm7p1D
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Happy birthday to Shikhar Dhawan! ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐Ÿ‘• 34 Tests, 139 ODIs, 62 T20Is๐Ÿ 9712 international runs๐Ÿ’ฏ 24 centuries๐Ÿค Along with Rohit Sharma, he is part of the most prolific partnership in men's T20I cricket, with the pair having scored 1๏ธโƒฃ7๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ3๏ธโƒฃ runs together ๐Ÿ”ฅ https://t.co/oAXvH6jj84
Happy Birthday Gabbar, Wishing you healthy life ahead & much needed back in form @SDhawan25 https://t.co/0xujF5lKP6
Wishing you a very happy birthday ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’“ ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜‰Keep up the smile @SDhawan25 ๐Ÿ‘‘ https://t.co/LPAsyf2Voe
Happy Birthday Jatt Ji ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽ‚@SDhawan25 https://t.co/jhRnIn6wTm
Happy birthday paaji @SDhawan25 ๐ŸŽ‚lots of love And blessings โ™ฅ๏ธ https://t.co/28AHKIdw38
To Dha-Wan and only Gabbar of Indian cricket ๐Ÿ’ช, #HappyBirthday Shikhar bhai! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‚ #HappyBirthday @SDhawan25 https://t.co/btO2g6glI3
Ishant Sharma wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Ishant Sharma wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Kedar Jadhav wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Kedar Jadhav wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Ajinkya Rahane wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Ajinkya Rahane wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Deepak Chahar wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
Deepak Chahar wishes Shikhar Dhawan via Instagram story
2โƒฃ6โƒฃ7โƒฃ international matches ๐Ÿ‘1โƒฃ0โƒฃ8โƒฃ5โƒฃ6โƒฃ international runs ๐Ÿ‘Œ2013 ICC Champions Trophy-winner ๐Ÿ†Here's wishing @SDhawan25 a very happy birthday! ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐Ÿ‘#TeamIndia https://t.co/wOBToFjzj7

"If Shikhar Dhawan plays enough matches, he will return to his old rhythm" - Wasim Jaffer on Team India's ODI opener

Former Indian opening batter Wasim Jaffer put his weight behind Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the ODI series against Bangladesh. He opined that the seasoned veteran would regain the rhythm after getting some game time consistently.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Jaffer said:

"If Shikhar Dhawan plays enough matches, he will return to his old rhythm. Dhawan has not been able to play many matches because he only plays ODI cricket. India has played numerous T20s this year because of T20 World Cup."

He added:

"His partnership with Rohit Sharma has always been good. Indiaโ€™s top three are one of the best. One of them always stepped up when India scored 300+. There is enough experience.โ€

Dhawan will be back in action on Wednesday (December 7) when Team India face Bangladesh in the second ODI in Dhaka.

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