Date of Birth – 5 December 1985
Age – (as in 2017)32 Years
Birth Place – Delhi, India
Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian international cricketer and a left-handed opening batsman. He plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL (Indian Premier League). He previously played for Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians teams in the IPL.
He came to limelight after scoring a record 505 runs from a single tournament in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, but had to wait for his national debut because of the over-crowded line of successful openers in the Indian team such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. He witnessed the blooming career of his opening pair from Challenger Trophy 2005, MS Dhoni, as well as younger Delhi batsman Virat Kohli,
before he got his national cap at the age of 27. However, he utilized his experience from domestic cricket fully to establish himself as a run-machine and has cemented his position as an opener in the Indian team. He has recently been named the vice-captain of the Indian T20I team for the Tri-Series in Sri Lanka.
Shikhar Dhawan began playing for Delhi Under-16s in the 1999-2000 Vijay Merchant Trophy, and in the following season, took his team to the finals as the leading run-scorer. He was subsequently selected to play for North Zone Under-16s squad and at the age of 15, secured a place in the Delhi Under-19 team.
He continued to perform consistently in every tournament, but garnered most attention for scoring 505 runs at an average of 84.16, with three centuries and a fifty, in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. However, despite fabulous performance, his national debut was delayed due to the fact that the Indian team already had a successful opening pair in Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
He made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra in November 2004 in Ranji Trophy, followed by List A debut against Jammu & Kashmir in January 2005 in the Ranji One-day Trophy. Despite a few ups and downs, he showed consistency by making it into the lead-scorers list in a number of tournaments and helped Delhi win the 2007–08 season of Ranji Trophy.
His form declined in late 2010 when he failed to utilize his ODI debut opportunity and subsequently struggled to perform in Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. However, during the 2012-13 season, he showed sublime form in the Challenger Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy, and scored a century as the Delhi captain for a List-A match against the touring England team.