Shikhar Dhawan: The explosive opener for Team India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 18:28 IST
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during a warm-up match between India and West Indies. (AFP Photo)

Dhawan took to Test cricket with ease, in March 2013 firing the fastest century by a format debutant and going on to score 187 in 174 balls against Australia in Mohali.

The left-hander was expected to become India’s successor to Virender Sehwag with his flashy strokeplay - his favourite shot is the barnstorming cover drive - but has struggled to find the consistency required in Tests.

Having made his one-day international debut in 2010, he was overlooked for the 2011 World Cup triumph. But he more than proved his credentials with back-to-back centuries in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England, helping India clinch the title with a useful 31 in the rain-shortened final against the hosts.

Dhawan’s ODI displays make him a valued asset in the India team, and he has further proved that with increasingly consistent performances.

Full Name: Shikhar Dhawan

Born: December 5 1985 , Delhi

Country: India

Other teams: Deccan Chargers, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, Delhi Under-16s, India A, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Test debut: India v Australia, Mohali, Mar 14-18 2013

ODI debut: India v Australia, Visakhapatnam, Oct 20 2010

T20 debut: West Indies v India, Port of Spain, Jun 4 2011

Batting Style: Left-hand bat

Bowling Style: Right-arm offbreak

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