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.
The reason behind him getting the name Gabbar is quite interesting. He got this name much before he started playing for India. In an interview given to famous cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, Dhawan shared the incident. The name was given to him by his Ranji team coach Vijay Dahiya. Dhawan who used to field at silly-point had a peculiar habit of cheering his team-mates while fielding. He used to stand at silly-point in Ranji Trophy matches and when the opposing team scored a good partnership his team would get little down and to cheer them Dhawan used to shout ‘Bahut Yarana Lagtha Hai’, a famous dialogue of Gabbar Singh from the movie Sholay. People forgot the incident but he got the nickname ‘Gabbar’. Also to add to it, his tight moustache associates him to Gabbar as he has a dashing personality. And his fearless batting has also made the name quite apt for him as he can be quite a villain for the opposite team with his bat.
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