Shikhar Dhawan

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Shikhar Dhawan
Personal information
Born (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 28)
Delhi, India
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 277) 14 March 2013 v Australia
Last Test 17-21 July 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 188) 20 October 2010 v Australia
Last ODI 5 March 2014 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no. 25
T20I debut (cap 36) 4 June 2011 v West Indies
Last T20I 26 March 2014 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–present Delhi (squad no. 25)
2008 Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 25)
2009–2010 Mumbai Indians (squad no. 16)
2011–2012 Deccan Chargers (squad no. 25)
2013–present Sunrisers Hyderabad (squad no. 25)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 10 39 92 140
Runs scored 656 1,504 6,346 5,711
Batting average 38.58 41.77 44.69 46.43
100s/50s 2/1 5/7 18/25 16/29
Top score 187 119 187 248
Balls bowled 30 - 250 272
Wickets 0 3 9
Bowling average 44.33 27.66
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - 2/30 2/22
Catches/stumpings 8/0 14/0 93/- 66/0
Source: Cricinfo, 4 August 2014

Shikhar Dhawan (born 5 December 1985) is an Indian international cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler. He played for the Indian Under-17 and Under-19 teams before making his first-class debut for Delhi in November 2004.

Dhawan made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Australia in October 2010 at Visakhapatnam. His Test debut came against the same opposition in March 2013 at Mohali where he scored the fastest century by any batsman on Test debut (85 balls). He ended his innings with 187 runs from 174 balls.[1] In August 2013, he recorded the second highest individual score ever in a List A Match when he scored 248 runs off 150 balls for India A against South Africa A.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Dhawan was born on 5 December 1985 in Delhi to Mahendra Pal Dhawan and Sunaina Dhawan in a Punjabi Jat family[3][4] and has a younger sister, Shreshta Dhawan. He did his schooling from St. Marks Senior Secondary Public School in Paschim Vihar.[5] Since the age of 12,[6] he trained at Sonnet Club under the guidance of coach Tarak Sinha,[4] who has trained 12 international cricketers.[7] Dhawan was a wicket-keeper when he first joined the Club.[6]

In 2012, Dhawan married Melbourne-based Ayesha Mukherji, a half-Bengali, half-British amateur boxer.[8] Mukherji was introduced to Dhawan by Harbhajan Singh on Facebook. Mukherji already had two daughters from her previous marriage - Rhea and Aliyah - when she married him.[9] In early-2014, she gave birth to a baby boy.[10]

Career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Dhawan first played for Delhi Under-16s in the 1999/00 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He had scores of 5 and 6 in the only game he played in that tournament. In the 2000/01 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Delhi finished runners-up, Dhawan was the leading run-scorer. He scored 755 runs from 9 innings at an average of 83.88 with two hundreds and a top-score of 199.[11] He was selected in the North Zone Under-16s squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February 2001. He scored 30 and 66 in the semifinal against South Zone.[12]

His impressive performances for Delhi Under-16s was 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 that tournament and averaged 85.[13] He was drafted into the Delhi Under-19 team in October 2001, at the age of 15, for the Cooch Behar Trophy. He averaged 22.75 in the two games he played for Delhi Under-19s,[14] before returning to play for the Delhi Under-16s in November 2001. In the 2001/02 Vijay Merchant Trophy, Dhawan impressed once again with the bat by scoring 282 runs in 5 innings at an average of 70.50.[15]

In October 2002, Dhawan was selected again in the Delhi Under-19 team for the Cooch Behar Trophy in which he made 388 runs from 8 innings at an average of 55.42 including two hundreds.[16] He was then picked to play for North Zone Under-19s in January 2003 in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. He scored 45 and 12 in the semifinal against Central Zone, before top-scoring for North Zone with 71 in the final on a seaming track in Rohtak against East Zone as North Zone secured an innings-win.[17] In the CK Nayudu Trophy in February 2003, he averaged 55.50 with the bat for North Zone Under-19s.[18] He continued to amass runs at the Under-19 domestic level as he scored 444 runs from 6 innings at an average of 74 in the Cooch Behar Trophy in October 2003[19] after which he was made the captain of the Delhi Under-19 team. Dhawan averaged 66.66 in the MA Chidambaram Trophy in December 2003 which was his first tournament as captain.[20]

Dhawan played for India in the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh and finished as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. His total of 505 runs from seven innings is a record for a single Under-19 World Cup. He made his runs at an average of 84.16 with three centuries and a fifty and was named Player of the Tournament.[21][22] He represented India in two youth Tests against England in January 2005 in which he had scores of 69, 18 and 41.[23]

Early domestic career[edit]

Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra during the 2004-05 Ranji Trophy in November 2005 and scored 49 on his debut innings. He finished as Delhi's leading run-getter in that Ranji season with a total of 461 runs from 6 matches and a high-score of 130, scoring more runs than experienced players in the team like Ajay Jadeja and Aakash Chopra.[24] In the Ranji One-day Trophy that followed, Dhawan made his List A debut against Jammu & Kashmir in January 2005, scoring 10. He scored 13 in the next match against Punjab, before scoring back-to-back unbeaten hundreds against Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.[25][26] He was then picked in the India Seniors Challenger Trophy squad in February 2005. He opened the innings for his team with Mahendra Singh Dhoni in that series. In the second match against India B, Dhawan scored a 124-ball 126, sharing a 246-run first-wicket partnership with Dhoni who also struck a century, taking India Seniors to the target of 276 for the loss of two wickets with more than three overs to spare.[27] He was selected in the India A team to play in the one-off 50-over match against the touring Pakistani team in March 2005. He scored 8 before being bowled by Naved-ul-Hasan.[28]

In the 2005/06 Challenger Trophy in October 2005, Dhawan played for India B and had a disappointing series with the bat. He had scores of 30, 40 and 26, unable to convert the starts into big knocks. He was selected in the North Zone squad for Duleep Trophy later that month. He scored 1 & 49 against East Zone, before scoring 117 against Zimbabwe Cricket Union President's XI.[29] He played for Board President's XI in the three-day match against the touring Sri Lankan team and scored 65.[30] Delhi struggled in the 2005-06 Ranji season, securing a single win in seven matches, and Dhawan scored 344 runs from 11 innings at an average of 34.40.[31] He returned to form in the Ranji One-day Trophy in February 2006 with an average of 40.75 from 5 games.[32] He was drafted into the North Zone squad for Deodhar Trophy later that month where he continued to be in good form with scores of 56 against Central Zone, 65 against West Zone, 44 against South Zone and 5 against East Zone. North Zone went on to win the tournament and retain the trophy.[33] Dhawan represented India A in the EurAsia Cricket Series in April-May 2006, a limited-overs tournament held at Abu Dhabi between India A, Ireland A, Netherlands A, Pakistan A and United Arab Emirates. He finished as the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 288 runs from 5 matches at an average of 72 including a hundred and two fifties.[34] In the Top End Series in July 2006, Dhawan batted at 3 for India A and had scores of 12 against Pakistan A and 4 against Australia A.

Dhawan started the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy with a century against Tamil Nadu, batting at No.3.[35] He opened the innings in the remaining five matches of the season but managed to score only two half-centuries and failed to hit another hundred. Dhawan was made captain of the Delhi team for the Ranji One-day Trophy in February 2007, despite the presence of international players in the lineup such as Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Aakash Chopra and Ashish Nehra. Dhawan, who batted at three in four matches and at four in two games, had an average tournament with the bat and as captain. He scored 161 runs at an average of 32.20 with a top-score of 46 while Delhi could not progress past quarterfinals.[36] He batted at four for North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in February-March and averaged 23.66 from three innings.[37]

Delhi won the 2007-08 season of Ranji Trophy in which Dhawan made 570 runs from 8 matches at an average of 43.84 including two hundreds.[38] In the Duleep Trophy that followed, he averaged 42.25 in his three games for North Zone.[39] He was the second highest run-getter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (earlier called Ranji One-day Trophy) in February-March 2008. He played 6 matches in that tournament and accumulated 389 runs at an average of 97.25 with two hundreds and a strike rate of over 100.[40] However, he lost his form during the Deodhar Trophy in March when he played for North Zone and made scores of 0, 1 and 5. He failed to make an impression playing for India A in a 4-day match against New Zealand A in September 2008 as he scored 27 & 7.[41]

Dhawan was selected in the India Green squad in the Challenger Trophy in October 2008. He scored 45 against India Red and 7 against India Blue as India Green lost both matches and failed to qualify for the finals. Dhawan returned to form in the 2008-09 Ranji season by scoring 415 runs and averaging over 69.[42] In January 2009, he scored 37 & 61 for North Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy semifinal as South Zone registered a 411-run victory.[43] Dhawan had an indifferent run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February 2009 with an average of 18.80 in six innings.[44]

Dhawan played for India Red in the Challenger Trophy in October 2009. He averaged 48.33 in that tournament which India Red won.[45] His good form continued in the Ranji Trophy as he scored 224 in the season's opening match against Baroda[46] and 100 in the second game against Karnataka.[47] However, he suffered an injury in the third match against Uttar Pradesh which kept him on the sidelines for four weeks.[48] He returned to the team during the knockout stage with scores of 17 against Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinal and 44 & 40 against Mumbai in the semifinal.[49] He finished the Ranji season with a total of 451 runs from 6 innings averaging 75.16.[50] In February 2010, he played five matches for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and scored the most runs for his team - 327 runs at 81.75 including a century (155*) and two fifties - which earned him a spot in the North Zone team for Deodhar Trophy in March 2010.[51] He made an unbeaten 85 in the semifinal of the Deodhar Trophy against East Zone[52] and 48 in the final against West Zone, helping North Zone lift the title.[53] He was recalled in the India A squad which toured England in June-July 2010. In the first game of the tour, a three-day match against Yorkshire, Dhawan scored 179 off 208 balls to help India A post 473/3d. Yorkshire were bowled out for 219 in their first innings and the match ended in a draw.[54] He played in two four-day matches against West Indies A in which he had scores of 17, 21 and 43. In the limited-overs triangular series involving England Lions, India A and West Indies A, Dhawan scored 166 runs from 4 innings at an average of 41.50 and a strike rate of 130.70.[55]

Maiden India call-up[edit]

Dhawan was selected in the Rest of India squad to play against the defending Ranji champions Mumbai in the Irani Cup in October 2010. He scored 83 in the first innings and 13 in the second innings as Rest of India won by 361 runs.[56] He was then selected to play for India Blue in the Challengers Trophy. He was dismissed run out for a duck in the first game against India Red before he scored a 121-ball 109 in the second match against India Green.[57] India Red beat India Green in the final at Indore where he scored 44.[58]

During this time, Australia were on their two Tests-three ODIs tour of India. The Test series had just concluded with India winning 2-0. The Indian selectors selected a "second string"[59] squad for the ODI series as several first-choice senior players were either injured or rested. Shikhar Dhawan was picked in the 14-man squad which was the first occasion he featured in an Indian senior team squad.[60] Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni backed Dhawan before the series saying, "Both of us scored in the Challengers in Mumbai (in 2005). I got a chance to establish myself in the national team. There has been ups and downs in his career but he has been quite consitent. As an opener it's quite tough, as you have Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir all at the same level. It's good that he got a chance finally. Hope he scores and the bench will become stronger".[61] The first ODI at Kochi was washed out by rain.[62] Dhawan made his international debut, along with Saurabh Tiwary, in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam on 20 October 2010. Australia, who batted first, made 289/3 in 50 overs, and Dhawan opened the innings for India in the run-chase. He did not score off the first delivery and was bowled off the second by Clint McKay. However, India went on to win the match by 5 wickets.[63] The third ODI at Margao was called off due to a wet outfield.[64]

Return to domestic cricket and international recall[edit]

In November 2010, Dhawan returned to playing for Delhi in 2010-11 Ranji Trophy. He scored a total of 486 runs in 7 matches at an average of 44.18.[65] He registered only one hundred in that season, a 149 against Gujarat at Delhi after Gujarat were bowled out for 71 in their first innings.[66] He failed to make it to the Indian squad for the South African tour in December. In the Duleep Trophy in January 2011, he scored 21 & 53 against West Zone in the semifinal[67] and 5 & 19 against South Zone in the final.[68] His struggle with form continued in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he averaged just 22 from 4 matches.[69] He was included in the North Zone squad for the Deodhar Trophy in March 2011. He took 1/20 and score 71 in the semifinal against Central Zone to give his team a five-wicket win.[70] In the low-scoring final against West Zone, he was bowled by Jaydev Unadkat for 8.[71]

In June 2011, India toured the West Indies for three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I. India's regular openers in limited-overs, Sehwag and Gambhir were ruled out of the tour due to shoulder injuries, whereas Tendulkar decided to rest himself after India's World Cup win and the 2011 IPL.[72] The selectors picked Dhawan in the limited-overs squad in spite of his poor performance in the previous domestic season as he showed signs of returning to form during the 2011 IPL. He made his T20I debut against West Indies on 4 June 2011 at Port of Spain where he opened the innings with Parthiv Patel and was dismissed for 5 off 11 balls caught behind to keeper Andre Fletcher off the bowling of Darren Sammy. India won the match by 16 runs.[73] In the first ODI of the tour, with India needing 215 to win, Dhawan scored 51 of 76 balls (3 fours, 1 six) which was his maiden ODI fifty. India eventually won the match by 4 wickets with 31 balls to spare thanks to Rohit Sharma's contribution.[74] He had scores of 3 and 4 in the second and third ODIs respectively with India winning both games. In the fourth ODI, he was replaced by Manoj Tiwary who scored 2 off 17 balls as India lost the match by 103 runs.[75] Dhawan returned to the team in the final ODI and scored 11. West Indies won the match by 7 wickets while India took the series 3-2.[76]

Back on the fringes[edit]

After his poor showing in the West Indies, Dhawan was unable to find a place in the Indian squad that toured England later that year and resumed his domestic commitments. In October 2011, playing for Rest of India against Rajasthan in the Irani Cup final at Jaipur, he scored 177 off 165 balls in the first innings and 155 off 126 balls in the second innings. Rest of India went on to win the match by 404 runs, and Dhawan was awarded the man of the match for his efforts.[77] He then played for India Red in the Challenger Trophy. He did not bat in the first match against India Green and scored 3 in the second match against India Blue. India Red won both the games and qualified for the final. India Red captain Gautam Gambhir left for international duty and Dhawan was named the captain of the team for the final against India Green. He scored just one run in the final which ended in a tie.[78] He was out of form in the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy as he scored 296 runs at an average of 32.88 with no hundreds,[79] while Delhi finished sixth in their seven-team group and could not progress to the knockout stage.[80] He scored 40 & 38 for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy semifinal against East Zone in February 2012. East Zone qualified for the final on first-innings lead.[81] He returned to form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February-March 2012, scoring 291 runs in eight matches at an average of 48.50 including three fifties.[82] Delhi managed to reach the semifinal which they lost to Mumbai. North Zone won the Deodhar Trophy in March 2012, but Dhawan had scores of 7 and 0 in the semifinal and final respectively.

In June 2012, India A toured West Indies to play 3 four-day matches, 3 List A matches and two T20s against West Indies A, and Dhawan was included in the India A squad.[83] He struggled with the bat in the entire tour, failing to post a single fifty-plus score. He averaged 7.50 in the first two four-day matches before getting dropped from the team for the third game.[84] In the two T20s, he averaged 27 with a strike rate of less than 100,[85] and scored 49 runs in the two List A matches at an average of 24.50.[86]

Dhawan was in sublime form at the start of the 2012-13 season. He played for India A in the Challenger Trophy in September-October 2012. In the first match against Bengal, he scored an unbeaten 99 to help India A chase down the target of 194 for the loss of two wickets and won the man of the match award.[87] He scored a 139-ball 152 in the next match against India B, as India A won by 4 runs.[88] In the final against India B, he scored 61, but India A were bowled out for 217 and fell short of the target by 139 runs.[89] In the Duleep Trophy that followed, he was named the captain of the North Zone squad. He won the man of the match award in the quarterfinal match against West Zone, after scoring 101 & 50. He was stumped in both innings by off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana. North Zone progressed to the semifinal by virtue of first innings lead.[90] In the semifinal against Central Zone, Dhawan scored 121 & 37. The match was drawn, and Central Zone qualified for the final because of their 18-run first innings lead.[91] He continued his good form in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, scoring 461 runs including two centuries at an average of 51.22.[92] Delhi missed a spot in the knockouts by one point.[93] Dhawan was named captain of Delhi for the one-off List A match against the touring England team in January 2013. He scored 110 off 109 balls in Delhi's run-chase of 295, helping Delhi win the match by 6 wickets.[94] He was then selected in the Rest of India squad for 2013 Irani Cup match against Mumbai in February 2013. Opening the innings with Murali Vijay, he scored 63 & 0. The match ended in a draw, but Rest of India retained the title on first innings lead.

Test debut and Champions Trophy[edit]

After his consistent performance in the 2012-13 domestic season, Dhawan was rewarded with a call-up to the Indian Test squad in February 2013 for the four-match series against Australia. He was the third-choice opener in the squad which consisted of Test regulars Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay. India chose Sehwag and Vijay over Dhawan in the first two Tests. India won both the matches, but Sehwag was dropped from the squad for the remaining two Tests of the series owing to his poor form.[95] No replacement was named in the squad for Sehwag, which made Dhawan the favorite to take his place in the third Test. Dhawan made his Test debut in the third Test at Mohali on 14 March 2013, receiving the cap from Sachin Tendulkar who said to him: "We have known you as a very gutsy player in domestic cricket, now we hope to see you as a gutsy player in international cricket, so show us some guts."[96] The first day of the match was washed out by rain, and Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss on the second day. Australia were bowled out for 408 on the morning of the third day. In reply, India opened the innings with Dhawan and Vijay. The duo batted out the rest of the third day taking India to 283 for no loss at stumps on third day, with Dhawan batting on 185 and Vijay batting on 83. In the process, Dhawan scored the fastest century ever on Test debut, off 85 balls, and also broke the long-held record of highest score by an Indian debutant held by Gundappa Viswanath (137 vs Australia at Kanpur, 1969). Dhawan was dismissed for 187 (174 balls) in the second over of the fourth day, caught by Ed Cowan at silly point off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.[97] He did not bat in India's second innings after suffering a hand injury while fielding during the fourth day. India went on to win the match by 6 wickets, and Dhawan won the man of the match award.[98] He missed the fourth Test at Delhi after being ruled out for six weeks due to a fracture in his left hand.[99]

Dhawan made his comeback from injury during the 2013 Indian Premier League in a match for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Chennai Super Kings on 25 April and scored 63 runs from 45 balls.[100] He played 10 matches that season and scored 311 runs at an average of 38.87 including three fifties.[101] His good form helped him gain selection to the Indian ODI squad for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy that was to be held in England in June.[102] He opened the innings with Vijay in the warm-up matches and had scores of 1 and 17 against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively, despite which India won both games.[103][104] Dhawan opened the batting with Rohit Sharma in the main event and the pair found success. In the tournament's opening match between India and South Africa at Cardiff, Dhawan scored his maiden ODI hundred. His innings of 114 came from 94 balls including 12 fours and a six. He shared an opening partnership of 127 runs with Sharma. India won and he was named man of the match.[105] In India's next match against West Indies, he scored an unbeaten 102 off 107 balls, his second ODI hundred, adding 101 for the first wicket with Sharma. India chased down the target of 234 for the loss of two wickets and more than 10 overs to spare.[106] India's last group fixture was a rain-curtailed match at Birmingham against Pakistan, which India won by 8 wickets (D/L method). Dhawan scored 48 off 41 balls in this match.[107] India topped the group table by winning all matches and qualified for the semifinals. In the semifinal match against Sri Lanka, he scored a 92-ball 68 which helped India win by 8 wickets with 15 overs to spare.[108] This win took India to the final at Birmingham where they would face the hosts England. The final was reduced to 20-overs-a-side after rain delayed the start of play. India batted first and made 129/7 with Dhawan scoring 31 runs off 24 balls. India went on to win the match by 5 runs.[109] Dhawan, who scored 363 runs from 5 matches at an average of 90.75 and a strike rate of over 100,[110] won the Golden Bat award for scoring the most runs in the tournament and was also named player of the tournament.[109]

Cementing his place[edit]

The Indian team then went to the West Indies for a triangular series against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Dhawan scored 135 runs in five games at an average of 27.[111] His only half-century in the series came against West Indies at Port of Spain where he made 69 off 77 balls.[112] India won the series by beating Sri Lanka in the final in which he scored 16.[113] In July-August, India toured Zimbabwe for five ODIs, resting several first-choice players, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Dhawan scored a total of 209 runs in four matches at an average of 52.25 and finished as the leading run-getter of the series, while India won the series 5–0.[114] In the second match at Harare, he scored his third ODI century. He was awarded the man of the match for his innings of 116 which helped India post 294/8 after being 65/4 in the 17th over.[115]

In August 2013, he played for India A on its to tour South Africa. He continued to be in good form in the triangular series against South Africa A and Australia A. He recorded the second-highest List A innings of all time by scoring 248 runs off 150 balls[116] against South Africa A in the last group match of the series at Pretoria, the winner of which would play Australia A in the final. His innings included 30 fours and seven sixes, and helped India A put up 433/3 on board and win the match by 39 runs.[117][118] After the match, South Africa A captain Justin Ontong described Dhawan's knock as "the best one-day innings" he had ever seen, and added "Every shot he hit found the gap or went over the fielders. It was like watching a highlights package. He hit so many good shots, it's hard to pick out one that stood out. There were a few sixes that went into the construction site."[119] India A coach Lalchand Rajput went on to say "I haven't seen a better innings in one-day cricket than this one. The way he batted today, I thought he would get 300. They were clean hits, all proper cricketing shots. He pulled, he cut, he drove. He played all shots today and it was a real treat to watch."[120] He then scored 62 in the final against Australia A as India A clinched the series with a 50-run win.[121] He finished as the highest run-getter of the series, scoring 410 runs at an average of 102.50 and a strike rate of over 135.[122]


The Australian cricket team toured India in October and November 2013. The tour consisted of 1 T20I and 7 ODIS. Dhawan scored 32 in the T20 game. In the ODIs he scored 284 runs in 6 outings at an average of 56.80. He was involved in 3 century opening stands with Rohit Sharma. He scored 95 in the historic Jaipur ODI. In the Nagpur ODI, he scored 100 runs for his first ODI ton against Australia. Following the series he reached his career best no.11 spot in the ICC Rankings.

West Indies toured India in November 2013. Dhawan scored 23 and 33 in the two tests. Next up was a three match ODI series. After scoring 5 and 35 in the first two games, Dhawan scored 119 in the Kanpur ODI and bagged the Man of the Match Award.

India toured South Africa in December 2013. Dhawan had a very poor run, scoring 12 and 0 in the ODIs. The ODIs were followed by 2 tests. Dhawan continued his poor run, scoring 13 and 15 in the First Test, and 29 and 19 in the Second Test.

In January 2014, India went to New Zealand. In the ODIs, Dhawan scored 32, 12, 28 and 9 in the four games he played. In the tests, Dhawan scored his 2nd test match 100 against New Zealand at Auckland on Day 4 of the 1st test in February 2014 .This came after a very long time as he had been out-of-form. In the Second Test, he scored 98 and 2 as the match ended in a draw.

Indian Premier League[edit]

He played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and made 4 half centuries. He was also the third highest scorer of the Delhi Daredevils team. He was traded to the Mumbai Indians in exchange for Ashish Nehra. He has played for the Mumbai Indians in the second and third season of the IPL. For the fourth season he was bought by the Deccan Chargers for $300,000.

He was selected captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team prior to the start of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament.[123]

Season by season at IPL[edit]

IPL Batting Statistics of Shikhar Dhawan
Year Team Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
2008 Delhi Daredevils [124] 14 340 68* 37.77 115.25 0 4 35 8
2009 Mumbai Indians [125][126] 4 40 22 10.00 88.88 0 0 3 0
2010 10 191 56 19.10 112.35 0 2 23 3
2011 Deccan Chargers [127][128] 14 400 95* 33.33 129.03 0 2 47 7
2012 15 569 84 40.64 129.61 0 5 58 18
2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad[129][130] 10 311 73* 38.87 122.92 0 3 57 5
2014 5 85 38 17.00 114.86 0 0 10 2
2008–2014 Total [131] 72 1936 95* 31.22 122.06 0 16 213 43

Dhawan might not have been a great impact for MI in his initial seasons. But his stint with the Hyderabad teams (Sunrisers and Deccan Chargers) gave him a moral boost for his career to be formed.

He readily fought the bowlers who underestimated him and started getting big scores eventually, grabbing the attention of the selectors.

In 2013, when Sunrisers Hyderabad were looking to get a place in the top four, he gave a trigger to the top-order after returning from an injury and assured that place. It looked as if he continued from where he had stopped at 187 versus Australia.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries
Shikhar Dhawan's Test centuries
No. Score Match Balls 4s 6s Against H/A Venue Year Result
1 187 1 174 33 2  Australia Home PCA Stadium, Mohali, India 2013 Won
2 115 6 211 12 1  New Zealand Away Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 2014 Lost
ODI centuries
Shikhar Dhawan's One Day International centuries
No. Score Match Balls 4s 6s Against H/A/N Venue Year Result
1 114 6 94 12 1  South Africa Neutral SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 2013 Won
2 102* 7 107 10 1  West Indies Neutral The Oval, London, England 2013 Won
3 116 17 127 11 2  Zimbabwe Away Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe 2013 Won
4 100 24 102 11 0  Australia Home VCA Stadium, Nagpur, India 2013 Won
5 119 28 95 20 0  West Indies Home Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, India 2013 Won

Endorsements[edit]

Dhawan has endorsements with the following brands:

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