Shikhar Dhawan:Know His Age, Profile & Career Info(2023)
Shikhar Mahendra Pal Dhawan
5 December 1985,New Delhi, India
Also Known As
Left Hand Bat
Right Arm Off Break
India, Delhi, MI, SRH, Punjab Kings
Shikhar Dhawan, born on December 5, 1985, in Delhi, India, is a left-handed opening batsman representing Delhi in first-class cricket and captaining Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. Shikhar Dhawan was India’s leading run-scorer in the 2013 Champions Trophy, 2015 World Cup, and 2017 Champions Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan holds the distinction of being the first IPL player to score two consecutive centuries. Shikhar Dhawan received the “Player of the Tournament” title for his exceptional performance in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan made his international debut in October 2010 during a One Day International (ODI) match against Australia in Visakhapatnam. In March 2013, Shikhar Dhawan made his Test debut against the same opponent, scoring the fastest century by a debutant in Test cricket, with 187 runs off 174 balls. In August 2013, Shikhar Dhawan achieved the second-highest individual total at the time in a List A match, scoring 248 runs off 150 balls for India A against South Africa A. Shikhar Dhawan became the ninth player overall and the first Indian to score a century in his 100th ODI match during a match against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan also became the sixth batsman overall and the first Indian to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match, accomplishing this feat against Afghanistan on June 14, 2018. Shikhar Dhawan began his cricket training at the age of 12 at the Sonnet Club and initially joined as a wicketkeeper.
Shikhar Dhawan’s youth career began with his participation in the Delhi Under-16 team in the 1999/00 Vijay Merchant Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan had a successful season in the 2000/01 Vijay Merchant Trophy, finishing as the leading run-scorer and helping Delhi to the runners-up position. Shikhar Dhawan also represented North Zone Under-16s in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he scored 30 and 66 in the semifinals. Shikhar Dhawan’s performances at the youth level earned him a spot in the India Under-17 squad for the 2000/01 ACC Under-17 Asia Cup, where he averaged 85. Shikhar Dhawan continued to excel in the domestic circuit, playing for Delhi Under-19s and North Zone Under-19s in various tournaments. Shikhar Dhawan impressed in the Cooch Behar Trophy, Vijay Merchant Trophy, and Vinoo Mankad Trophy, consistently scoring runs and showing his potential as a young cricketer. In the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan emerged as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, amassing a total of 505 runs at an average of 84.16. Shikhar Dhawan received the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding performances. Shikhar Dhawan followed it up with solid contributions in the youth Tests against England in January 2005. Moving on to his early domestic career, Shikhar Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi in November 2004, scoring 49 runs. Shikhar Dhawan finished as Delhi’s top run-getter in the 2004-05 Ranji Trophy season, surpassing experienced players in the team. Shikhar Dhawan also made his List A debut in the Ranji One-day Trophy, scoring back-to-back unbeaten centuries. Shikhar Dhawan’s impressive performances earned him opportunities at the senior level. Shikhar Dhawan played for India Seniors in the Challenger Trophy and was selected for India A in matches against the touring Pakistani team. Shikhar Dhawan continued to perform well in domestic tournaments like the Deodhar Trophy and EurAsia Cricket Series, finishing as the leading run-scorer in the latter. While Shikhar Dhawan had inconsistent seasons at times, Shikhar Dhawan had standout performances in the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, and Deodhar Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan also played for the Rest of India and India Blue in the Irani Cup and Challengers Trophy. Despite facing some ups and downs, Shikhar Dhawan’s performances earned him his maiden international call-up against Australia in October. In the 2012-13 season, Shikhar Dhawan hit a purple patch, starting with his impressive performances for India A in the Challenger Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan continued his form in the Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy, captaining North Zone and Delhi, respectively. Shikhar Dhawan played key innings for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and impressed the Rest of India in the Irani Cup. Shikhar Dhawan’s consistent performances and excellent form in domestic cricket led to his selection in the Indian national team for international matches against Australia, South Africa, and West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan made an impact with his aggressive batting style and became a regular member of the Indian team in both ODIs and T20Is. Shikhar Dhawan’s youth and early domestic career were marked by consistent performances, milestones, and recognition for his batting abilities, eventually leading to his inclusion in the national team.
Shikhar Dhawan was initially selected as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament but was later replaced by Darren Sammy for the 2014 Indian Premier League. Shikhar Dhawan was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2017 IPL and scored 479 runs in 14 matches at an average of 36.84, with the Shikhar Dhawan’s team getting knocked out in the playoffs. In the 2018 IPL Auction, Shikhar Dhawan was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹5.2 crores using their right-to-match card. In the 2018 IPL, Shikhar Dhawan scored 497 runs, and Shikhar Dhawan’s team finished as runners-up. Shikhar Dhawan was then traded to Delhi Capitals for the 2019 season and was named in the Best IPL XI for his performances. On 20 October 2020, Shikhar Dhawan became the first batsman in IPL history to score back-to-back centuries and the fifth batsman to cross the 5000-run mark. Shikhar Dhawan finished as the third-highest run-scorer in the IPL 2020 season and completed 600 runs. In IPL 2021, Shikhar Dhawan scored 587 runs, ranking fourth in the orange cap list. In the 2022 IPL Auction, Shikhar Dhawan was bought by the Punjab Kings for ₹8.25 crores and achieved the milestones of playing his 200th match and reaching 6000 runs. Shikhar Dhawan has been announced as the new captain of Punjab Kings for the 2023 IPL edition, replacing Mayank Agarwal.