Shikhar Dhawan, fondly known as Gabbar, is an Indian international cricket player. He is married to Ayesha Mukherjee, a Melbourne-based amateur boxer. Dhawan is a father to two daughters Aliyah and Rhea, and a son, Zoravar. He is known for his twirled mustache and his dynamic looks. His teammates describe him as extremely confident with an exuberant personality. Shikar’s a left-handed opening batsman and occasionally plays as a right-arm off-break bowler.
Basic Information About the Player
Full Names: Shikhar Dhawan
Age: 35 years old
Bat Style: Left-Handed
Teams: Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Delhi.
Bowl Style: Right-arm Off break
How did it all start?
Dhawan’s love for cricket began early on as he played for the Indian Under-17 and Under-19 teams. He made his first shot into fame in the 2004 World Cup when from just 7 innings, he garnered a massive 505 runs becoming the top scorer. His performance should have secured him a place in the national team, but sadly for him, the team already had one too many world-class players at the time.
As if he couldn’t catch a break, he lost the opportunity to shine in 2010 when two of the three ODIs against Australia were canceled due to rains. After a lackluster performance in 2011 against West Indies, many people wrote him off as an average player.
A Break, Finally!
The test series against Australia in 2013 afforded him yet another opportunity to make his shot, and when the rusty Virender Sehwag was tossed out, Dhawan made his test debut. He ran with it, smashing 187 off 174 balls and set a record for fastest hundred by any batsman on debut. In August the same year, he set another record of the 2nd highest personal score in a List A match by scoring a whopping 248 runs off 150 balls against South Africa.
In the 2015 World Cup in Australia, Dhawan played a critical role in his team reaching the semi-finals and was named India’s highest scorer. To top it all off, in 2016, he became one of the world’s fastest batsmen to reach 3000 ODI runs. He went ahead to lead his team to victory in the Asia cup the same year and was named player of the match.
He made 689 runs in the 2018 T20I series, which were the most runs by any player in a calendar year. He continued to make waves in 2018 when he became the first Indian batsman to score a century before lunch time on day 1 of a test. As if that wasn’t enough, he made history in the 2020 Indian Premier League when he became the very first player to score two centuries back-to-back.
During the India tour of England, Dhawan played his last test match on 7th September 2018, where India lost to England by 118 runs. His last ODI match happened very recently on 23rd July 2021, with India losing to Sri Lanka by three wickets at Colombo. The T20I series on 29th July 2021 at Colombo saw India lose again to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.