Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian cricket player, who plays as a left-handed batsman and at times, right arm off break bowler. He made his first-class debut in November 2004 and played for the team Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL (Indian Premier league). In October 2010, he made his international debut in a match against Australia at Visakhapatnam. He also made his test debut playing against Australia in March 2013, at Mohali playground. Shikhar Dhawan is known for making the fastest century on a test debut, as he scored 187 runs of just 174 balls.
Quick Bio and Facts :
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Shikhar Dhawan was born in Delhi, India, on 5 December 1985. He had done his schooling from St Mark’s Secondary Public School located in Paschim Vihar, New Delhi. Known to be an average student, Dhawan excelled in sports from a very tender age. He belongs to a Punjabi family and had married Ayesha Mukherjee, a Melbourne-based amateur boxer, with whom he has a boy.
Life Before Fame :
As narrated by Shikhar Dhawan himself, he says that he has spent more time being a failure than a successful cricketer. Among 60 odd one-day international games, he has only been able to score eight 100’s. He says that while other players in the team worry about the form, he always tries to maintain his patience and persistence. But hardships don’t break a person, they make them that they’re supposed to be. Dhawan says that persistence is the key to success, and the only reason where he is today is because he never gave up. The rest, as you know, is history.
Career Outlook :
Shikhar first played for India in the Under 19 cricket World Cup, in 2004. He was awarded as “player of the tournament” because he was the highest run scorer. He had made 505 runs with a staggeringly impressive average of 84.16. After his success in Under 19 cricket, he went on to represent Delhi in a season of Ranji Trophy, in 2004 – 05.
He played a crucial role in India’s victory at the ICC champions Trophy in 2013. He was called to replace Virendra Sehwag in the Indian test side, after successful domestic first class and T20 seasons. In this match, Dhawan smashed the Aussies to score a quick 187 due to which India eventually won the match. He became the fastest debut-ant in the history to score a century.
When He Struggled With Form :
In his first five one-day international matches playing for India, he was only able to score 69 runs and was dropped from the Indian team. He struggled to find form even in India’s tour of South Africa in December, 2013. In the first ODI match, India had to chase a mammoth total of 358 runs. Dhawan fell short of expectations and only scored 12 runs off 30 balls. The second match went even worse as he failed to make a single run while India was chasing 281 runs.
In India’s tour of New Zealand, in January 2014, Dhawan once again suffered from poor form and made 32 runs in the first match, and 12 and 28 respectively in the next two. The final match didn’t go any better as he scored just 9 runs. Like every other cricket star in the world, Dhawan’s lack of form came at a time when the team needed him to perform the most.
Injuries and Come back :
Despite poor form and struggles with certain minor injuries, Shikhar persevered in the international cricket arena and is now one of the most valuable players in the world. His story serves as a motivation for those who are struggling with form whether on the field or off it. Perseverance and a right attitude can get anyone anywhere and Shikhar is a living example of it.
Current Life :
According to recent reports, Shikhar Dhawan has been approached by an Indian dance based reality show “Naach Baliye 7” to perform with his wife. If this turns out to be true, we may see the rising cricket star take on another challenge, away from the field. It is however without a doubt that cricket will be his top priority, now and always. He continues to play one magnificent match after another for India, and will hopefully keep doing so for a long time.