Shikhar Dhawan

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Shikhar Dhawan

Full Name

Shikhar Dhawan


December 05, 1985, Delhi


37y 275d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Opening Batter


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Shikhar Dhawan stunned all observers, and Australia, when he stroked his way to the fastest Test century by a debutant. That debut, in Mohali in 2012-13, came to Dhawan in his ninth year of first-class cricket after he had been written off by almost everybody, not least because India's opening combination had been fixed to the most prolific combination in their Test history: Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

Dhawan is one in a long line of stroke-players from Delhi, which became the Indian batting capital in the 2000s. He stands upright in his stance, is a bit stiff with his hands when he pushes forward, and is partial to the cover-drive. Those who played domestic cricket with him say he is supremely confident, bordering on showmanship. He is also a flamboyant personality with his ever-changing looks and the twirled moustache.

However, the attractive strokes, which were apparent even in the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup where he was the Player of the Tournament for scoring 505 runs at 84.16 with three centuries, didn't seem to translate into huge seasons in Ranji Trophy. His average stayed steady in the mid-40s, but he didn't quite dare the selectors to overlook him. After lukewarm showing in the IPL and five ODIs, and with the Test openers going well, it seemed Dhawan would be left consigned to domestic cricket and T20 leagues.

Fortune turned, though, and both Sehwag and Gambhir lost form dramatically, giving Dhawan a chance at the age of 27 with 81 caps and 5679 first-class runs to his name already. Dhawan grabbed the chance with arguably the best debut by an Indian batsman, smashing 187 off 174 balls to set up India's win in a Test that was reduced to four days. He was picked in India's squad for the Champions Trophy soon after, and carried his sizzling form into that tournament with two centuries in the side's first two matches.

Dhawan's form later tailed off in England and Australia in 2014 but he hit back with 412 runs at 51.50 in India's run to the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.
Sidharth Monga

Shikhar Dhawan Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A302298231207424843.90--3067--1490


List A302-27224992/222/2227.665.4930.2000

Records of Shikhar Dhawan

Hundred on debut (187)

Test matches

Hundred and a duck in a match

Test matches


Hundred in hundredth match (109)

One-Day Internationals

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Videos of Shikhar Dhawan

Press Conference

Punjab Kings fielding coach: 'Dhawan will take at least two-three days more' to get fully fit

T20 Time:Out

Dhawan and the difficulty of being an anchor batter in T20s

Match Day

Should India continue backing Dhawan?

News and Features about Shikhar Dhawan

To open, or not to open: the Ishan Kishan debate

If KL Rahul is not fit to play the Asia Cup, India face quite a juggling act with Kishan, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill - here's Ravi Shastri, MSK Prasad and Sandeep Patil's take
17-Aug-2023Shashank Kishore

Shikhar Dhawan 'a bit shocked' to miss out on Asian Games

For now he's in a "very happy state of mind" and focusing on keeping himself fit should an India call-back come

Dhawan pulls up Punjab quicks for not bowling to plan

They gave away 61 runs and took no wickets in the powerplay in conditions that were offering swing
17-May-2023ESPNcricinfo staff

Photos of Shikhar Dhawan