Happy Birthday ‘Gabbar’ of Indian cricket

A solid and yet an attacking left-handed opener, Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the rocks of the Delhi top-order. Along with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, he has been one of the consistent run-getters in the domestic circuit. He is rated quite highly by experts for his ability to dig in and play the big innings. His first big achievement was his 505 runs in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004 for which he was named the player of the tournament.

Dhawan prepared his one day International debut against Australia in October 2010 at Visakhapatnam. Shikhar test debut came against the same opposition in March 2013 at Mohali match. where Dhawan scored the quickest one hundred by any batsman on test debut and concluded his innings with 187 runs in exactly 174 balls.

In 2013, Dhawan scored over 1,100 runs to be amongst the top run-scorers of the year. He could have had more, but his form dipped as the year approached its fag end. In the 2014 Asia Cup, Dhawan scored a couple of the fifties to become the highest run-getter for India. IPL franchise Hyderabad, alongside Dale Steyn, went on to retain him for the 2014 edition.

Bubai Bhattacharjee

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