Shikhar Dhawan Biography: Early Life, Age, Cricket Career, Records, Personal Life, Awards, and More

Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian cricketer who represents the country in international cricket. Let’s know more about him and his personal and professional life.
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan Biography
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan Biography

In the first ODI matchup against New Zealand on Friday in Auckland, acting India captain Shikhar Dhawan took the initiative. The southpaw hit 13 home runs in his 72 runs off 77 balls. He and Shubman Gill shared a 124-run partnership for the first wicket to help Team India get off to a respectable start.

Shikhar Dhawan Biography

Name

Shikhar Dhawan

Nickname

Gabbar Jatt-Jee

Birth

5 December 1985

Father’s Name

Mahendra Pal Dhawan

Mother’s Name

Sunaina Dhawan

Age

36 Years

Height

1.8 m

Nationality

Indian

Marital Status

Divorced

Ex-Spouse

Ayesha Mukherjee

Children

Aliyah, Rhea and Zorawar Dhawan

Profession

Cricketer

Batting Style

Left-handed

Bowling Style

Right Arm Off Break

Net Worth

$14 Million

Awards

Arjuna Award 2021

Shikhar Dhawan was born to Punjabi parents Sunaina and Mahendra Pal Dhawan on December 5, 1985, in Delhi, India. St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School in Meera Bagh, Delhi, is where he finished his education. Since he was 12 years old, Tarak Sinha, a cricket coach who has worked with 12 professional cricketers, has guided him at Sonnet Club. When Dhawan first joined the team, he was a wicketkeeper.

Early Career

Dhawan first played for Delhi Under-16s in the 1999/00 Vijay Merchant Trophy and was the leading run-scorer of the 2000/01 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Delhi finished runners-up. Dhawan's impressive performances for Delhi Under-16s were rewarded when he was picked in the India Under-17 squad for the 2000/01 ACC Under-17 Asia Cup. He played three games in the tournament averaging 85.

Dhawan was chosen once more to play for the Delhi Under-19 team in the Cooch Behar Trophy in October 2002. During that tournament, he scored 388 runs from 8 innings at an average of 55.42, including two centuries. The pursuit continued after he was chosen to represent North Zone Under-19s in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy in January 2003.

Dhawan represented India in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and finished with 505 runs, which made him the tournament's top run-scorer. Dhawan was named Player of the Tournament for his 84.16 average runs, three centuries, and a fifty. He scored 69, 18, and 41 in the two youth Tests against England the following January.

In November 2004 during the Ranji Trophy season for the 2004–05 year, Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra, scoring 49 in his opening innings. With a total of 461 runs from 6 matches and a high score of 130, he finished that Ranji season as Delhi's top run-getter, outscoring more seasoned players like Ajay Jadeja and Aakash Chopra. In February, he was chosen for the India Seniors team to compete in the Challenger Trophy. He opened the inning against India B with future India teammate MS Dhoni. In March of that year, he was chosen by the India A team to participate in the lone 50-over match against the visiting Pakistani team. He made eight before getting bowled.

Dhawan represented India B in 2005/06 Challenger Trophy in October 2005, where his batting performance was underwhelming. But in the EurAsia Cricket Series, a limited-overs competition between India A, Ireland A, the Netherlands A, Pakistan A, and the United Arab Emirates that took place in Abu Dhabi in April and May 2006, Dhawan represented India A. He finished the competition as the top run scorer with 288 runs from 5 matches at an average of 72, including 102 fifty runs.

Dhawan opened the 2006–07 Ranji season by scoring a century while batting at position three against Tamil Nadu.

Despite the inclusion of international players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Aakash Chopra, and Ashish Nehra in the starting lineup for the Ranji One-day Trophy in February 2007, he was appointed captain of the Delhi team.

In the 2007–2008 Ranji Trophy season, which Delhi won, Dhawan scored 570 runs from 8 matches at an average of 43.84, including 200 runs. He played three games for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy that came after, averaging 42.25 points per game. [40] In the Vijay Hazare Trophy (previously known as the Ranji One-day Trophy) in February and March 2008, he amassed 389 runs in 6 matches at an average of 97.25, with 200 and a strike rate over 100. He was the second-highest run-getter in the competition. However, Dhawan lost his form while competing for North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March, recording scores of 0, 1, and 5. In a four-day match for India A against New Zealand A in September, he was ineffective as a player.

Dhawan found his form again in the 2008-2009 Ranji season, scoring 415 runs at an average of over 69, but he struggled in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February 2009, scoring just six runs at an average of 18.80. Dhawan participated in the Challenger Trophy for India Red in October 2009. He had a 48.33 tournament average, and India Red came out on top. He continued to play well in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 224 against Baroda in the season's first game and 100 against Karnataka in the second.

Dhawan maintained his strong performance in the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy despite having a patchy season, scoring 461 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 51.22. He has selected as Delhi's captain for the special list A contest in January 2013.

International Career

Dhawan was chosen in the 14-man squad, marking the first time he had been included in an Indian senior team squad, when the Indian selectors picked a "second string" squad for a three-match ODI series against Australia in October 2010. Before the series, India's captain Dhoni endorsed Dhawan, saying, "We both scored in Mumbai's Challengers (in 2005). I had the opportunity to make a name for myself on the national team. His career has seen its ups and downs, but he has remained remarkably consistent. It's challenging to open the innings because Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag are all of comparable caliber. It's good that he finally had a chance. I hope he scores so the bench gets a boost ".

India traveled to the West Indies in June 2011 for a three-test, five-ODI, and one T20I tour. Sehwag and Gambhir, India's regular limited-overs openers, were unable to travel because of shoulder injuries, while Tendulkar opted to take a break following the World Cup victory and the IPL. Despite his poor performance in the previous domestic season, the selectors chose Dhawan for the limited-overs squad because he appeared to be finding his form during the IPL. Dhawan was rewarded with a call-up to the Indian Test squad in February 2013 for the four-match series against Australia after putting in consistent work during the 2012–13 domestic season.

Indian Premier League

Before the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament began, Dhawan was chosen as the Sunrisers Hyderabad team's captain. Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to keep Dhawan for the 2017 Indian Premier League. In 14 matches, he averaged 36.84 runs, totaling 479 runs for the tournament. The Kolkata Knight Riders eliminated his team in the playoffs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased Dhawan for 5.2 crores during the 2018 IPL Auction by using their RTM (right to match) card. Dhawan was included in the Cricinfo IPL XI due to his IPL 2019 performances. After David Warner, Dhawan became the fifth batsman to reach 5000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on October 20, 2020. He also became the first player to ever score back-to-back hundreds in the IPL's history. In the 2020 IPL, Shikhar Dhawan amassed 600 runs.

He even finished fourth on the orange cap list in IPL 2021 after scoring 587 runs.

Dhawan was purchased by the Punjab Kings for 8.25 crores during the 2022 IPL Auction. In a game against the Chennai Super Kings on April 25, 2022, Dhawan achieved two significant goals. He participated in his 200th Tata IPL game and became the second player, after Virat Kohli, to reach the 6000 run mark.

Dhawan has been named the new captain of the Punjab Kings, taking over for Mayank Agarwal in the 2023 season.

Shikhar Dhawan Stats

Test Centuries Scored by Shikhar Dhawan

S.No

Score

Opposition

Innings

Test

Date

Result

1

187

Australia

2

3/4

14 Mar 2013

Won

2

115

New Zealand

4

1/2

6 Feb 2014

Lost

3

173

Bangladesh

1

1/1

10 Jun 2015

Drawn

4

134

SriLanka

2

1/3

12 Aug 2015

Lost

5

190

Sri Lanka

1

1/3

26 Jul 2017

Won

6

119

Sri Lanka

 

3/3

12 Aug 2017

Won

7

107

Afghanistan

1

1/1

14 Jun  2018

Won

ODI Centuries Scored by Shikhar Dhawan

S.No

Score

Opposition

Innings

S/R

Date

Result

1

114

South Africa

1

127.7

6 Jun 2013

Won

2

102

West Indies

2

95.32

11 Jun 2013

Won

3

116

Zimbabwe

1

91.33

26 July 2013

Won

4

100

Australia

2

98.03

30 Oct 2013

Won

5

119

West Indies

2

125.26

27 Nov 2013

Won

6

113

Sri Lanka

1

105.60

2 Nov 2014

Won

7

137

South Africa

1

93.83

22 Feb 2015

Won

8

100

Ireland

2

117.64

10 Mar 2015

Won

9

126

Australia

2

111.50

20 Jan 2016

Lost

10

125

Sri Lanka

1

97.65

8 Jun 2017

Lost

11

132

Sri Lanka

2

146.66

20 Aug 2017

Won

12

100

Sri Lanka

2

117.64

17 Dec 2017

Won

13

109

South Africa

1

103.80

10 Feb 2018

Lost

14

127

Hong Kong

1

105.83

18 Sep 2018

Won

15

114

Pakistan

2

114.00

23 Sep 2018

Won

16

143

Australia

1

124.34

10 Mar 2019

Lost

17

117

Australia

1

107.34

9 Jun 2019

Won

Achievements

  • Fastest Test Century by a Debutant 187 off 174
  • Leading run scorer for India in ICC World Cup 2015.
  • Most number of ODI centuries in 2013.
  • Wisden Cricketer of the year 2014.
  • First Indian batsman to score a century before lunch on the first day in a Test match.
  • Fastest Indian batsman to reach 1000 (Joint-fastest), 2000, 3000 ODI runs.
  • Most runs in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and 2017.
  • Fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in ICC tournaments.
  • Highest run scorer of Asia Cup 2018.
  • First player in the history of the IPL 2020 to score two consecutive centuries.

 Awards & Accolades

  • 2 consecutive golden bats at ICC Champions Trophy
  • 2021-Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports.

Shikhar Dhawan wed Aesha Mukerji, an amateur kickboxer from Melbourne, in 2012. In 2014, they also welcomed a son they named Zoravar. Aliyah and Rhea, Aesha's daughters from a previous relationship, were also adopted by Dhawan. However, in September 2021, Dhawan and Mukerji divorced.

FAQ

What is the monthly income of Shikhar Dhawan?

60 Lakhs

What is the strike rate of Shikhar Dhawan in T20?

S Dhawan has a strike rate of 98.9 with average of 22.50 in 91 T20 balls.

Will Shikhar Play 2023 World Cup?

No official statement, however, he said,“My goal is to play the 2023 World Cup in India.”
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