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Shikhar Dhawan – Gabbar

Left-handed opening batter Shikhar Dhawan burst into the international scene back in 2010, making his debut against Australia at Visakhapatnam. Though the match didn’t go well for the Delhi-based player, fans at once realized that Dhawan was not one to be written off prematurely. He had made his Indian T20 League debut two years earlier with the Delhi team, ending the season with 340 runs at an average of 37.77 and a strike rate of 115.25.

Dhawan’s Test debut in 2013 caught more attention as he managed to score the fastest century by any batter on debut. He finished with 187 runs from 174 balls, once again against Australia at Mohali. Since then, the five-feet eleven-inch opener has gone on to become a favorite of both the fans and his teammates, earning the nickname “Gabbar” in the process. His uniquely-styled moustache and his way of celebrating are unmatched in world cricket.

Aged 36, Dhawan is more mature as a player now and the way he takes forward his innings shows that. He prefers to build his innings rather than taking unnecessary risks and is a calming presence for youngsters around him. Though he was not selected for the Indian team for the 2021 T20 World Cup, where the team failed miserably, we hope he will continue to entertain us with his batting for a few more years.

Dhawan was the first player to go under the hammer this February with the Punjab team finally securing his services for ₹8.25 crores.

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Shikhar Dhawan’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Shikhar Dhawan
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 5th December 1985
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • New Delhi
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′11″
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Left-handed batter
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Top-order batter
    • Major Teams Played For
    • :
    • Team India, Team Delhi, Team Mumbai, Team Hyderabad, Team Punjab

Shikhar Dhawan’s Current Rankings

Shikhar Dhawan’s Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • Test
    • 34
    • 58
    • 2315
    • 190 vs. SL
    • 40.6
    • 66.9
    • 7
    • 7
    • 5
    • 316
    • 12
    • 28
    • ODI
    • 149
    • 146
    • 6284
    • 143 vs. Aus
    • 45.5
    • 93.4
    • 17
    • 0
    • 35
    • 783
    • 74
    • 74
    • T20I
    • 68
    • 66
    • 1759
    • 92 vs WI
    • 27.9
    • 126.4
    • 0
    • 0
    • 11
    • 191
    • 50
    • 19

Shikhar Dhawan – Key Skills and strengths

One of Dhawan’s greatest strengths is his temperament. He has been in and out of the national team but has never lost hope. He has tried to do well for his country whenever he has been given the chance. An ever-smiling presence on the pitch, Dhawan has a strong personality.

Despite not being currently in contention for Test cricket, he has always shown the urge to be there. India will not stop hoping to see him setting up matches like Virender Sehwag in the future as well.

Dhawan has proven his leadership skills at the international level too. His most recent exploits as the captain of the Indian team were seen in Sri Lanka where he led a young side to a 2-1 ODI series victory. Dhawan helped calm the young nerves, never allowing the huge occasion to get the better of him.

Dhawan has been a successful skipper in the Indian T20 League as well, taking up the role for the Hyderabad team initially. His fans will keep hoping to see more of his leadership skills in the future as well.

Shikhar Dhawan’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • ODI
    • 3
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • T20I
    • 3
    • 1
    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • I T20 League
    • 10
    • 4
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0

Shikhar Dhawan’s Awards and Achievements

Dhawan has been in and out of the Indian cricket team. Matters have been made even more complicated by his injuries. In fact, the left-hand batter has been forced to sit out on quite a few occasions when he was at the prime of his form. However, he has tried to perform to the best of his ability whenever he has got the chance to do so. His cover drives and cut shots are a treat to watch. In addition to that, Gabbar is also a safe catcher. He is a trusted slip fielder and is known for his out-of-the-box celebrations.

Here are some of Dhawan’s records and achievements in international cricket:

  • Dhawan is the first Indian player to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match. He ended the match with 187 runs from 174 balls. Dhawan has been the quickest Indian to reach 1000, 2000 and 3000 ODI runs.

  • In 2013, the left-hander won the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC Champions Trophy, thus becoming the third Indian player to achieve that feat in an ICC tournament, following Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh.

  • Dhawan also finished as the leading scorer of the 2017 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.

  • 2018 was a special year for the Delhi-based batter as he managed to break Virat Kohli’s record of scoring the most runs in a calendar year in T20s. He finished the year with 648 runs from 16 T20 matches.

  • Dhawan won the Wisden Cricketer of the Year award in 2014.

Shikhar Dhawan’s Indian T20 League Journey

Shikhar Dhawan has been integrally involved with the Indian T20 League since its inception, playing for different teams and showing his class for each of them. He was chosen to be the skipper of the Hyderabad team but was replaced later on. He has done well without that additional responsibility and shows his leadership skills even without being in charge. Dhawan will be playing for the Punjab team this season.

Here are some of Dhawan’s biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • The 2021 season is the sixth successive one when Dhawan has gone past 400 runs.

  • Dhawan is the first batter in the history of Indian T20 League to have hit 600 boundaries.

  • Together with Bangalore’s Virat Kohli, Dhawan has scored the most half centuries (44) in the Indian T20 league.

    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • Indian T20 League
    • 192
    • 5784
    • 106* vs Punjab
    • 34.84
    • 126.64
    • 2
    • 44
    • 654
    • 124
    • 83

Shikhar Dhawan: FAQs

Why is Shikhar Dhawan nicknamed “Gabbar”?

Dhawan revealed in an interview that while standing at the silly point position during Ranji Trophy games, he resorted to using the famous line “Bahut Yarana Lagta Hai” from the movie Sholay, when he felt a partnership building! Thus, he earned the name “Gabbar,” the character that originally said the line in the movie.

Who is Shikhar Dhawan’s favorite cricketer?

Dhawan himself revealed that explosive batsman and South African legend AB De Villers is his favorite batter.

What are the passions of Shikhar Dhawan?

Dhawan has a liking for bikes, a passion that he has nurtured since a very young age. Besides that, the 35-year-old also loves reading and playing table tennis and badminton. He is also fond of tattoos.

Who was Shikhar Dhawan’s first coach?

Dhawan was spotted first by famous coach Tarak Sinha in an Under-12 tournament. He was a wicketkeeper back then. It was under Sinha that Dhawan developed as a player.

What is the history behind Shikhar Dhawan’s signature move of twirling his moustache?

Dhawan revealed in an interview that he had initially decided to keep his now widely popular moustache just because it felt very manly. He had no idea that it would become such a style statement.

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