Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian international cricketer. A left-handed opening batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler, he plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Delhi Capitals in the IPL. He played for the Indian Under-17 and Under-19 teams before making his first-class debut for Delhi in November 2004. A natural stroke-player, Dhawan has the gift of picking the line of the ball early and the length of the ball, allowing him ample time to get into position for any shot that he wishes to play.
Here are some facts about this cricketer:
Shikhar Dhawan’s interest in cricket was largely due to his cousin and was enrolled at the Sonnet Club, under the guidance of coach Tarak Sinha at the age of 12 years.
Dhawan had started as a wicketkeeper.
Dhawan is called jaat-ji by many of his team-mates. Also, another popular nickname is
Gabbar, the famous villain of the Bollywood flick Sholay. He gets these nicknames due to his typical looks and that twirling moustache.
Shikhar Dhawan shot to fame after an unprecedented run in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, where he scored 505 runs garnished with 3 centuries.
The dynamite player from Delhi scored 187 runs during his debut match for India. It is also the highest score by an Indian debutant!
He is the first Indian batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI.
First Indian batsman to score a century before lunch of the first day in a Test match.
He was quickest to reach 1000, 2000, 3000 ODI runs by an Indian cricketer.
Dhawan has played for as many as four IPL teams – Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was part of the winning team for Sunrisers in the 2016 IPL.
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