Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian Cricketer was born on December 5th, 1985 in Delhi. The left- handed batsman plays for India, Delhi and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The aggressive opener has played some valuable innings for the nation and has cemented his place in the team in the shorter formats of the game.
Dhawan started playing Cricket from the age of 12 when he joined the Sonnet Club. He was coached by Tarak Sinha who has also produced 12 other international cricketers. Initially Dhawan joined the club as a wicketkeeper.
He played for Delhi in the U16 Vijay Merchant Trophy where he scored 755 runs in 9 innings, including two hundred. He was the leading run scorer that season. His impressive performances for Delhi were rewarded as he got selected for U17 Asia Cup in the 2000-01 season.
In October 2001, Dhawan got selected in the Delhi U19 team to play the Cooch Behar Trophy at the age of 15. In the 2001-02 season, he again impressed in the Vijay Merchant Trophy with 282 runs. In 2003, he averaged 55 for the North Zone U19’s.
Dhawan got selected for the U19 World Cup in 2004 to represent India where he ended up being the leading run scorer. He scored 505 runs from 7 innings, which is still a record. He scored 3 centuries and a fifty in the tournament.
Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi in 2004 against Andhra, scoring 49. He finished that season as a leading run scorer for Delhi with 461 runs. He made his List A debut for Delhi against Jammu and Kashmir in January 2005. His impressive performances earned him a place in the India seniors squad in the Challenger Trophy.
Dhawan represented India A in Eurasia Cricket tournament in 2006 where he ended up being the leading run scorer. In 2007 Ranji One Day Trophy, he captained the Delhi team. He scored 161 runs in that tournament.
He was the 2nd highest run scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2008. In the following Ranji season, he scored 415 runs. In 2010-11, season he scored 486 runs in 7 matches. In 2011 Irani Trophy, he scored 177 and 155 against Rajasthan where he was awarded with the Man of the Match.
Dhawan got selected for the 3 match ODI series against Australia. He got out for a 2nd ball duck. Despite his poor form he was picked up for the 2011 series to West Indies. He made his T20 debut against West Indies, where he was dismissed for 5.
He made his first fifty in the first ODI where he scored 51.
Rise to Glory
Dhawan made his Test debut against Australia in 2013 at Mohali. Dhawan made an impressive 187 in the first innings. He scored his century in just 83 balls, the fastest Test hundred by a debutant.
His good performances in the IPL that helped him earn a place for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He was leading run scorer of the tournament and was adjudged the man of the tournament. He scored his first ODI hundred against South Africa in the opening match.
Following that he played for India A on its tour to South Africa and he scored a 150 ball 248 which included 30 fours and 7 sixes.
In December 2013, when India toured South Africa he had a miserly tour, where he just could not come to terms with the pace and movement, which ended up costing him as his Test spot came under a cloud.
His poor run of form continued in 2014 where he failed to score big against New Zealand and in the Asia Cup. He failed to perform well in the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup subsequently losing his place in the team.
He was also criticised heavily for inconsistent Ranji Trophy performances.
He played for Delhi Daredevils before moving to Mumbai Indians in the 4th season of the IPL. He was then bought by Deccan Chargers, which was renamed as Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was also the captain of Sunrisers in 2013.
He played impressively in 2016 and 2017 IPL to score 501 and 479 runs respectively. He has scored over 3500 runs in the IPL, which has made him one of the first-choice openers for Indian Team.
He has captained the Delhi team in Ranji Trophy matches and Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
He holds the record for scoring fastest century in Test debut. He achieved this feat in 83 balls. He is the only player to get golden bat in two consecutive ICC Champions Trophy Tournament. He was part of the ICC World XI in 2013.He won the CEAT International player of the year award in 2013-14 season.