Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan holds international success as a left-handed opening batsman. He also occasionally bowls right-arm off-breaks when the team needs him. He made his international cricket debut in 2010 against Australia. Also against Australia, he made his Test debut scoring the fastest century. Prior to that, he made his Test debut in 2013 at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Here is Shikhar Dhawan’s biography broken down into cool facts.
Shikhar Dhawan: 12 Interesting Facts On The Delhi Capitals Batsman
1. He Is A Punjabi Born In Delhi:
Shikhar Dhawan was born on 5 December 1985 in Delhi, the capital of the country. Shikhar Dhawan belongs to a Hindu Punjabi Family. Mahendra Pal Dhawan is Shikhar Dhawan’s father’s name. Shikhar Dhawan’s mother’s name is Sunaina Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan also has a sister, whose name is Shrestha Dhawan.
2. Shikhar Dhawan Education:
Shikhar Dhawan has completed his education till the 12th grade from St Marks Senior Secondary Public School, Delhi. Shikhar Dhawan was fond of playing cricket from an early age. He started training at the sonnet club at the age of 12 under the guidance of coach Tarak Sinha.
3. Shikhar Dhawan Career:
Shikhar Dhawan started his career with the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 1999. He scored 755 runs in 9 innings at an average of 83.88 while playing for Delhi Under-16s. During this, he also played an innings of 199 runs. Due to the brilliant batting of Shikhar Dhawan, he was selected in the Delhi Under-19 team for the Cooch Behar Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan also performed brilliantly in the Cooch Behar Trophy.
In the year 2004, Shikhar Dhawan played his first match at Ranji Trophy. Along with this, in the year 2004, Shikhar Dhawan was selected for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan performed brilliantly in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup and scored 505 runs in seven innings. After this Shikhar Dhawan made his A-list debut in the year 2005 against Jammu and Kashmir. Shikhar Dhawan represented India A in the 2006 Eurasia Cricket Series. After this Shikhar Dhawan performed brilliantly in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the year 2008. He was the second-highest run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy that year.
4. Shikhar Dhawan’s Wife and Children:
When it comes to Shikhar Dhawan’s personal life, his first wife was Ayesha Mukherjee. Ayesha Mukherjee was an amateur boxer. Ayesha is 10 years older than Shikhar Dhawan and she was already married once before marrying Shikhar. Ayesha Mukherjee was born in India but brought up in Australia. Ayesha Mukherjee is the child of a Bengali father and a British mother. Ayesha’s mother and father met in India itself. After this, both of them settled in Australia.
One day Shikhar Dhawan saw Ayesha’s picture on Harbhajan Singh’s Facebook account. Shikhar Dhawan liked Ayesha at first sight. After this Shikhar Dhawan sent a friend request on Ayesha Facebook itself. Ayesha also accepted Shikhar Dhawan’s friend request. After this, a conversation started between the two, and then they fell in love.
Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee married in the year 2012 and they have a son together but Ayesha had two daughters from her first marriage.
Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee’s son’s name is Zoravar Dhawan. However, the relationship between Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee did not last long and both got divorced in the year 2021.
5. Net Worth:
Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for ₹ 5.2 in the 2016 IPL auction.
Dhawan scored 496 runs in the 2016 IPL and his team lost to Chennai Super Kings in the final and became runners-up. In the 2019 season, Delhi Capitals bought him.
Dhawan was credited in the Cricinfo IPL XI for his performances in the 2019 IPL.
On 20 October 2020, he became the first batsman in the history of the IPL to score a century in two consecutive matches, and on the same day, he reached the 5,000-run milestone as the fifth batsman after David Warner.
He was the first Indian batsman to score 100 runs before lunch in Tests and the sixth batsman in the world. Victor Trumper, Charlie McCartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan, and David Warner have previously had this feat.
Dhawan scored more than 100 runs 3 times in a session. Only Bradman (6 times) has done more, Victor Trumper and Hammond did it three times.
6. 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup:
He played in the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh and Ambati Rayudu was its captain.
Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa were his teammates.
At that time Tim Payne, Mrs. Henriquez, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Alastair Cook, Wahab Riaz, Vernon Philander, Angelo Mathews, Kaushal Silva and Lendl Simmons were his rivals.
Dhawan was the highest run scorer for India in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He participated in 6 games and scored 505 runs at an average of 64.18 with 3 centuries and was selected as the best player of that competition. He averaged three centuries with 84.16 and was declared the player of the tournament. He finished as the team’s leading run man with 461 runs.
His successful run continued when he made his Ranji debut for Delhi in 2004-05. His average of about 45 years indicates as he had been a consistent performer for his state side since then. He scored 570 runs in eight matches, and played an important role in winning his team’s Ranji title in 2007-08.
7. Other Debut Facts:
1. He made his ODI debut against Australia in Visakhapatnam in October 2010. He made his ODI debut against Australia at Visakhapatnam in October 2010 after several senior players were rested. The Delhi native opened the innings in the run chase. He did not score from the first ball and after playing two balls, Clint was bowled by McCoy.
2. He made his Twenty20 debut at the Queens Park Oval in June 2011 under the captaincy of Suresh Raina on a tour of the West Indies. Although he teamed up with debutant Parthiv Patel, he scored only 5 runs.
8. Record Breaking Stat:
On March 14, 2013, Dhawan replaced Virender Sehwag with a hat from Sachin Tendulkar for the first time in Test cricket. He hit the fastest century on the third day of the game against Australia with just 65 balls. As a result, he broke Gundappa Bishwanath’s long record of 136 runs set against Australia in 1969 at Kanpur.
9. Cricket World Cup:
On January 4, 2015, the BCCI authorities released the final list of 15 members of the Indian team for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan was also nominated as one of the members of the team. He got off to a great start by scoring 63 runs in the first match against Pakistan. But he was the victim of a run-out.
Shikhar Dhawan scored his personal highest run, including his second ODI century, against South Africa in the second match of the group stage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India won by 130 runs against South Africa for the first time in the history of their Cricket World Cup thanks to 137 runs off 147 balls. As a result of the match, India topped Group B and won the World Cup for the ninth time in a row. Shikhar Dhawan was named Man of the Match.
Dhawan played for the Delhi Daredevils in the first edition of the Indian Premier League and scored four half-centuries.
He was the third-highest run-getter of the Delhi Daredevils. He played for Mumbai Indians in the second and third seasons of IPL. In the fourth season, Deccan Chargers bought him for $300,000. He was selected as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad before the start of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20.
Later on, Darren Sammy replaced him as captain in the 2014 APL.
11. 2017 Champions Trophy:
Delhi Capital’s Shikhar Dhawan also batted well in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy like last time by which we mean the 2013 trophy and was the highest run scorer in the whole tournament, this time also Dhawan made a new record by scoring the most runs, Dhawan won this trophy.
He scored 338 runs with the help of 2 half-centuries and a century, including a century.
12. Shikhar Dhawan Achievements:
- Shikhar Dhawan scored the most runs for the Indian cricket team in the 2015 ICC World Cup.
- Shikhar Dhawan is also the highest run-scorer in the first 100 ODIs by an Indian player.
- Shikhar Dhawan has been adjudged the International Player of the Year in the years 2013 and 2018.
- Shikhar Dhawan scored the most runs in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and 2017. He is the player to get 2 consecutive Golden Bats in the ICC Champions Trophy.