Shikhar Dhawan is a popular Indian cricket player. He is a southpaw batsman and plays as an opener for his team while also offering part-time right-arm off-spin bowling. Currently, he is 36 years old and has played 260 matches and has scored 10,721 runs for India. He has an 8-year-old son named Zoravar Dhawan with his ex-wife Ayesha Mukherjee. 

Early Life and Childhood

Shikhar Dhawan was born on 5 December 1985 in New Delhi, India to Punjabi parents Mahendra and Sunaina Pal Dhawan in a middle-class family. Dhawan developed an interest in cricket by seeing his cousin play in his club matches, and his uncle persuaded Dhawan to join the prestigious Sonnet Club at the tender age of 12. There he was training under the renowned coach Tarak Sinha and practised mainly as a wicket-keeper. On the very year of his joining, he scored a century in his Under-15 school tournament. Dhawan discontinued his studies after completing his 12th standard from St. Marks Senior Secondary Public School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi to focus on his cricket career. 

Domestic career

Dhawan began his domestic career by playing in the 1999/00 Vijay Merchant Trophy for the Delhi Under-16 team. In the following year, Dhawan scored the most runs in the 2000/01  Vijay Merchant Trophy and took his team to the finals. Consequently, Dhawan got selected to play in the 2000-01 ACC U-17 Asia cup in which he averaged more than 85. Dhawan played a number of tournaments in the domestic circuit and made a name for himself. This led to Dhawan getting picked up for the 2004 Under-19 World Cup where he scored the most runs. Dhawan made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2004 playing for Delhi against Andhra. He scored the most runs for his team in his debut season. Since then Dhawan has played 122 1st class matches and scored 8499 runs at an average above 44. 

International Career

Dhawan played his first International match for team India on 20 October 2010 against Australia in an ODI. Dhawan opened the batting and got out in the second ball without scoring a run. He then went on to make his T20I debut in the West Indies tour where he scored only 11 runs. He played well in the first ODI match of the tour and crossed the fifty-run mark but in the rest of the matches, his streak of poor performances continued. In 2013, Dhawan had a phenomenal domestic season and got his maiden Test match call-up for a series against Australia. Dhawan made his Test debut in the third match of the series and scored a scintillating 187 runs. In that innings, he broke the record for the fastest century ever scored in a Test Debut. 

He didn’t play the remainder of the matches due to a left arm fracture. Later on, Dhawan was picked for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy owing to his brilliant performances in the 2013 IPL. Dhawan had a fantastic tournament, scoring 363 runs from only 5 matches, helping India win the trophy. Dhawan received the golden bat and was named player of the tournament, for his brilliant batting performance. He then played a triangular series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, where he performed poorly, but redeemed himself in the following Zimbabwe 5-match ODI series by scoring the most runs in the series with 209 runs. Furthermore, in the Australia ODI series, he scored a total of 286 runs and helped India secure a close victory in the decider. 

After having a breakthrough year in 2013, Dhawan struggled with form in 2014. He was unable to put up good scores in the away-series matches against South Africa and New Zealand, resulting in him getting dropped from the Test squad. He had a moderate 2014 Asia Cup and only played three matches in the 2014 T20 World Cup before getting dropped. Then, he played in the England series where he performed well in only one match, scoring 97 runs.

Throughout the rest of the year, Dhawan had an unimpressive pool of performances with one or two noteworthy contributions. His bad form continued in the following year until the 2015 World Cup. In the tournament, Dhawan was among the top 5 run-getters with 412 runs. And subsequently, Dhawan got a comeback call into the test side against Bangladesh. He continued his good form onto the Sri Lanka tour, where he scored a century. Unfortunately, he suffered a fracture in his right arm and was unable to play for a brief period. 

Dhawan made a comeback in the 2017 Champions Trophy, where he again became the recipient of the golden bat award for being the highest run-getter in the tournament with 338 runs. Dhawan carried forward his brilliant form in the following West Indies and Sri Lanka series and helped his team win both of them. In the later part of the year 2017, Dhawan was released from the squad citing personal reasons as the cause. He was later recalled and was able to perform remarkably well in the New Zealand and Sri Lanka series. 

In the 2018 South Africa series, Dhawan scored a century in his 100th ODI match and became the only Indian to do so. Dhawan also vice-captained the Indian team for the 2018 T20I series against Sri Lanka. Also, in India’s first-ever Test match against Afghanistan, Dhawan became the only Indian to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match. In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dhawan started terrifically by scoring a century against Australia but was later ruled out due to a thumb injury. 

Current Performances

Post-Pandemic, Dhawan captained the Indian team against Sri Lanka in a T20I and ODI series and led them to victory. In the current year 2022, Dhawan played in a 3-match ODI series against South Africa and scored 169 runs. In July, he played in the England ODI series and was not able to perform up to his standards, scoring only a mere 41 runs in the three matches. Dhawan was picked as the captain for the succeeding ODI series against the West Indies and helped his team emerge victorious by contributing 168 runs in the 3 matches. Most recently, Dhawan played in the Zimbabwe tour and scored 154 runs in the 3 ODI matches including an unbeaten 81.  You can check live cricket tv today match video for more information on his latest matches.

Dhawan has cemented his place as one of the most successful players in ODI cricket, averaging over 45 at a strike rate of 92. He is the 4th fastest batsman to reach 6,000 runs in ODI cricket, doing it in 140 matches, and the second highest run scorer in the history of the IPL with 6,086 runs in 200 matches. Shikhar Dhawan seems to be in red hot form and is eyeing for a place in the 2022 T20I World Cup Indian squad. 

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