Shikhar Dhawan – Career Growth
There is hardly any Indian cricket fan, who is not aware of who Shikhar Dhawan is. One of the most promising player of India, he has proved to be an asset
to the team with his impressive batting skills. His team believes in him and considers him to be one of the best opening batsmen. His fans are amazed by the fact that he is a left-handed batsman but can also bowl right-arm off break.
|Date of Birth||December 5, 1985|
|Parents||Mahendra Pal Dhawan, Sunaina Dhawan|
|Education||St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School|
|Net worth||$4.5 Million|
Early Childhood and Education
Shikhar Dhawan was in Delhi on 5th December 1985. He studied at St. Marks Senior Secondary Public School. He had an inclination towards cricket from an early age and joined the Sonnet Club at the age of 12 and started training under Tarak Sinha, who is known to have trained many international players. He started off a wicket keeper during the time.
Early Cricketing Career
Shikhar debuted into professional cricket when he was selected for the under-16 Delhi team to play in the Vijay Merchant trophy during 1999-2000. Though his performance in the tournament was not very promising, this did not dampen his spirits. The very next year he played in the tournament and went on to be the highest run scorer.
This led him to be selected into the Under-17 Indian team for Asia cup where he proved his mettle by scoring 85 runs each in the three matches that he played. In 2009, he played for India in the Under-19 World Cup Championship and became the highest scorer of the series. He made 505 runs in 7 innings which is a record in the Under-19 World Cup.
In the Ranji Trophy 2004-2005, he played for Delhi team and went on to be the highest scorer of the team with a total of 461 runs in 6 matches. This performance got him noticed by the selectors and he was soon picked to play in the Indian Seniors Challenger trophy.
The Big Indian Cricket Team Dream
His consistent performances in domestic cricket soon got him a place in the Indian Cricket test team in 2013. He made his test debut in Mohali and was awarded by a cap and words of encouragement by Sachin Tendulkar.
In his very first test match, he broke the record of Gundappa Vishwanath of a highest score by a debutant. In this match he went on to make the fastest century by a debutant player in test cricket. He made his century in just 85 balls.
When the Indian Premiere League was planned, Shikhar Dhawan was acquired by Delhi Daredevils in 2008 and went to be the third highest scorer in the series. Later he moved to Deccan Chargers and in 2013 he became the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
His outstanding performances in the IPL matches finally got him a place in the ODI team of India to play in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He made his first ODI century in this tournament. He also went on to win the Golden Bat Award for scoring the highest run in the series and the Player of the Tournament Award.