Shikhar Dhawan is an international cricketer. The left-handed opening batsman plays for Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League and Delhi in first-class cricket. Dhawan became the leading run-scorer for India at the 2013 Champions Trophy, 2015 World Cup, and 2017 Champions Trophy. He also became the primary player in the history of the IPL to score two back-to-back tons. He received the ‘Player of the Tournament’ for his exploits within the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and has become the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh to win this award in ICC tournaments.
Shikhar Dhawan played his international debut against Australia in October 2010 at Visakhapatnam. His Test debut came against the same team in March 2013, where he scored the fastest century on Test debut and ended his innings with 187 runs from 174 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan was born on 5 December 1985 in Delhi to Sunaina and Mahendra Pal Dhawan. Furthermore, he finished his schooling at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School in Meera Bagh, Delhi. Since the age of 12, Shikhar trained at Sonnet Club under the guidance of coach Tarak Sinha, who has trained 12 international cricketers. Furthermore, Dhawan was a wicket-keeper when he first joined the club.
Shikhar Dhawan made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra in November 2004, within the ’04–05 season of the Ranji Trophy, scoring 49 in his debut match. He finished as Delhi’s leading run-scorer that Ranji season with 461 runs from six games and a score of 130, scoring more runs than experienced players within the team like Ajay Jadeja and Aakash Chopra. Within the One-day Trophy that followed, Dhawan made his List A debut against Jammu & Kashmir. Furthermore, he joined the India Seniors squad for the Challenger Trophy in February. He opened the match against India B teammate MS Dhoni. Within the second match, Dhawan scored a 124-ball 126, sharing a 246-run partnership with Dhoni, who also scored a century, helping India Seniors chase down 276 for two wickets. He was selected within the India A team to play within the 50-over match against Pakistan in March that year.
Dhawan was in sublime form at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. He played for India A within the Challenger Trophy in September–October 2012. Furthermore, in the first match against Bengal, he scored an unbeaten 99 to assist India-A chase of 194 for the fall of two wickets and won the MOTM award. He scored a 139-ball 152 within the next match against India B, as India A won by four runs. Within the final against India B, he scored 61, but India A was bowled out for 217 and fell in need of the target by 139 runs. Within the Duleep Trophy that followed, he was named the captain of the North Zone squad. He won the person of the match award within the quarterfinal match against West Zone, after scoring 101 and 50.
Furthermore, Dhawan continued his propriety within the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy,
In October 2010, Shikhar Dhawan joined the 14-man squad, which was the primary occasion he featured in an Indian senior team squad. India captain Dhoni gave the captaincy to Dhawan before the series, saying, “Both folks scored within the Challengers in Mumbai (in 2005). I got an opportunity to determine myself within the national team. His career has had ups and downs, but he has been quite consistent. As an opener, it’s quite tough, as you’ve got Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Gautam Gambhir all at an equivalent level. It’s good that he got an opportunity finally. I hope he scores, and therefore the bench will become stronger”. Shikhar Dhawan made his international debut, alongside Saurabh Tiwary, within the second ODI at Visakhapatnam on 20 October.
After consistent performances within the 2012–13 season, Shikhar Dhawan joined the Test squad in February 2013 for the four-match series against Australia. He was the third-choice opener within the team, which consisted of Test regulars Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay. India chose Sehwag and Vijay over Dhawan within the first two Tests, after which Sehwag dropped out from the squad due to his poor form. No replacement was named within the team for Sehwag, which made Dhawan the favorite to require his place within the third Test. Dhawan made his Test debut at Mohali on 14 March, receiving the cap from Sachin Tendulkar. On the first day of the match, the rain stopped it. Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss on the second day. Australia got out for 408 on the morning of the third day.
The Indian team then visited the West Indies for a series against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan bagged 135 runs in five games at an average of 27. His only half-century within the series against West Indies where he scored 69 off 77 deliveries. India won the series by defeating Sri Lanka within the final, during which he scored 16. India toured Zimbabwe for five ODIs, resting many first-choice players under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Dhawan scored 209 runs in four matches at an average of 52.25 and finished as the leading run-scorer of the series. India won the series 5–0. During the second match at Harare, he scored his third ODI century. He was awarded the person of the game for his innings of 116, which helped India post 294/8 after being 65/4 within the 17th over.
Shikhar Dhawan was made captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team before the beginning of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament. Darren Sammy later replaced him as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad within the 2014 Indian Premier League.
Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Dhawan for the 2017 OPL. He scored 479 runs in 14 matches with an average of 36.84 within the tournament. The Kolkata Knight Riders knocked his side out within the playoffs.
In the 2018 IPL Auction, Dhawan joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹ 5.2 crores using their Right To Match. In the 2018 IPL, he scored 497 runs. His side ended as runners-up after losing to Chennai Super Kings within the final. He later joined to Delhi Capitals for the 2019 season. On 20 October 2020, Dhawan became the primary batsman in the Indian Premier League history to attain back-to-back hundreds. On an equivalent day, he became the fifth batsman to cross the 5000 runs mark within the IPL after David Warner. Furthermore, Dhawan is the 3rd within the top run-scorers in IPL 2020. Shikhar Dhawan scored 600 runs in IPL 2020.
Shikhar Dhawan has joined KL Rahul in reaching 600 runs this IPL 2020 edition.
Furthermore, he scored 587 runs in IPL 2021, finishing fourth within the orange cap list.
In the 2022 IPL Auction, Shikhar Dhawan joined the Punjab Kings for ₹ 8.25 crores.