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Shikhar Dhawan A Wonderful Player

Shikhar Dhawan is a wonderful Indian international cricketer as well as occasional vice-captain of Indian national team in T20I. A left-handed opening batsman as well as occasional right-arm off break bowler. He plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He played for the Indian Under-17 as well as Under-19 teams before creating his first-class debut for Delhi in November 2004.

Initially Domestic Career 

Shikhar Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra in November 2004. In the 2004–2005 season of the Ranji Trophy scoring 49 on his debut innings. He finished as Delhi’s foremost run-getter that Ranji season with a total of 461 runs from 6 matches. Also, a high score of 130. In the Ranji One-day Trophy that followed, Dhawan completed his List A debut against Jammu & Kashmir in January 2005. He then scored back-to-back unbeaten hundreds against Himachal Pradesh as well as Haryana.

He was chosen in the India Seniors squad in February for the Challenger Trophy. In which he opened the innings against India B with future India teammate MS Dhoni. In the second match, he scored a 124-ball one hundred twenty-six, 26. Sharing a two hundred forty six-run first-wicket partnership with Dhoni who also struck a century. Helping India Seniors chase down 276 for the loss of two wickets.

He also opted in India team to play in the 50-over match against the Pakistani team in March that year. He scored 8 before being bowled by Naved-ul-Hasan.

Selected For The National Team

In October 2010, the Indian selectors opted a “second string” squad for a three-match ODI series against Australia. In this Dhawan was picked in the 14-man squad which was the initial occasion. He featured in an Indian senior team squad. India captain Dhoni backed Dhawan before the series saying, “Both of us scored in the Challengers in Mumbai (in 2005).

He got a chance to establish himself in the national team. There have been several ups as well as downs in his career but he has been quite consistent. It’s quite tough, as you have Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag as well as Gautam Gambhir all at the same level.

It’s good that he got an opportunity ultimately. Hope he scores and the bench will become stronger”. Dhawan completed his international debut, alongside with Saurabh Tiwary, in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam on 20 October. Australia, who batted first, made 289/3 in 50 overs, as well as Dhawan opened the innings for India. He did not score off the first delivery and was bowled off the second by Clint McKay.

In 2013August, Shikhar Dhawan played for India A on it’s to tour South Africa. He continued to be in the superior form in the triangular series against South Africa A as well as Australia. He recorded the 2nd maximum innings of all time by scoring 248 runs off 150 balls against South Africa. In the last group match of the series at Pretoria. The winner of which would play Australia A in the final.

An Amazing Match Player

His innings included thirty fours and seven sixes and helped India A put up 433/3 on board. They win the match by 39 runs. After the match, South Africa A captain Justin Ontong portray Dhawan’s knock as “the best one-day innings”. He had ever seen and added “Every shot he hit to find the space 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 several sixes that went into the construction site”. Dhawan then scored sixty-two in the final against Australia A as India A clinched the series with a 50-run win. 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.

Recall To Indian Team

Following his excellent domestic performances, Dhawan is recalled to the India ODI squad for the Champions Trophy starting June 2017. He shows his return in the first game of the tournament, on 5 June, against Pakistan. He scores 68 off 65 balls, helping his team win the game. Three days afterwards, he scored a record-equalling 3 Champions Trophy century, 125 runs off 128 balls. Scored against Sri Lanka in a losing cause.

He also became the greatest to pass 500 runs in the tournament’s history, making him only 7 matches; also becoming the quickest to achieve this milestone in any ICC Major tournament. His 78 against South Africa a few days later helped his team beat them by eight wickets. He generally runs three hundred thirty-eight in the tournament.

 

 

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