Shikhar Dhawan Biography: The Maverick & Classic Opener of the Indian Cricket Team

“I criticise myself, appreciate myself; I am my best friend. I love cricket, but then I have learnt that one can be in love and still be detached. If I am dropped from the India team I can’t allow it to bring me down. It will hurt big time but then there is life outside cricket too,” he said once. That is exactly the reason why the Shikhar Dhawan biography is so inspiring and enthralling.

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Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian cricketer and a left-handed opening batsman who plays for the Indian National cricket team. He also plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and will be playing for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL (Indian Premier League).

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Dhawan came to spotlight subsequent to scoring a record number of runs from a single tournament in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. However, he needed to sit tight for his national debut as a result of the stuffed line of effective and successful openers in the Indian team.

Today, let’s take a look at the life journey of India’s one of the most successful openers, Shikhar Dhawan.

Shikhar Dhawan Biography

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Full Name
Shikhar Dhawan
33 years
Sport Category
Date of Birth
5 December 1985
Delhi, India
Ayesha Mukherjee
ODI Debut
20 October 2010 v Australia
Test Debut
14 March 2013 v Australia
ICC Rankings
10 (ODI)
T 20 Debut
4 June 2011 v West Indies
Batting Style
Left-handed batsman
Bowling Style
Right-arm offbreak

Early Days

Shikhar Dhawan’s childhood days. Credits: Wikibio


Shikhar Dhawan was born on December 5, 1985, in Delhi into the Punjabi Khatri family to Sunaina and Mahendra Pal Dhawan. He has a younger sister named Shreshta who as of late got hitched in November 2017.

Shikhar Dhawan’s parents. Credits: StarsUnfolded


When Shikhar was  12-years-old, he was cajoled by his uncle to go to the renowned Sonnet Club to prepare cricket under celebrated mentor Tarak Sinha. Never reluctant to rub shoulders with enormous young men, he quickly awed his mentor by scoring a century for the U-15 team in a school competition.

Shikhar did his schooling from St. Imprints Senior Secondary Public School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi. He needed to discontinue his education in the wake of finishing twelfth grade to concentrate on his cricket profession.

The Rise

Shikhar Dhawan started playing for Delhi Under-16s in the 1999-2000 Vijay Merchant Trophy, and in the accompanying season, took his team to the finals as the leading run-scorer. He was along these lines chosen to play for North Zone Under-16s squad and at 15 years of age, secured a spot in the Delhi Under-19 team.

Shikhar Dhawan shot to success after an exceptional run in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, where he scored 505 runs garnished with 3 hundred’s. Be that as it may, it took him an extended period of time to make it to the Indian team because of the substantial measure of rivalry at the time.

A naturally attacking left-hand opener, Dhawan has been one of the backbones of the Delhi line-up for quite a while and frames a secure top order alongside Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. He was appraised highly by experts for his capacity to dive in and play the big innings.

A natural stroke-player, Dhawan has the endowment of picking the line of the ball early and the length of the ball, permitting him abundant time to get into position for any shot that he wishes to play.

Shikhar Dhawan’s Indian team debut

After a string of magnificent local performances, he was given an India debut against Australia in 2010. He scored a duck and made no huge commitments for some time, as he kept on being the quintessential substitution player in the side.

Dhawan was given the alluring India Test top to make his presentation against the Australians in March 2013. He had a start that he wouldn’t have envisioned in his wildest dreams as he hustled away to the quickest ever hundred on introduction off only 85 balls, and was, at last, expelled for a boundary-filled 187.

Dhawan had a purple patch in 2013, and proceeded with his structure in ODIs and rising as the player of the competition in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013. He blasted away to 363 keeps running in only five games, including two hundred.

At the point when Australia visited India in October 2013, Dhawan was persistent in his quest for keeps running as he hammered a ton and two fifties, completing with 284 runs in six matches. This made him win Golden Bat for the said year.

Dhawan getting Golden Bat in 2013. Credits:


Bumps along the path

Dhawan had a dismal Test Series against South Africa in 2013 and a surprisingly more dreadful one in England in 2014, with a best of 37 out of six innings.

He kept on battling in Tests excepting a fairly scratchy 81 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, Dhawan did not get any huge scores in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Because of his specialized inadequacies, he relinquished his spot to Lokesh Rahul. Nonetheless, in limited-overs cricket, where the pitches are valid and all is rosy, Dhawan kept on flourishing.

Despite seemingly insurmountable opposition, Dhawan began off the 2015 World Cup with a fluent 72 against arch opponents Pakistan and a glorious and skilful 137 at the MCG against South Africa.

Be that as it may, Dhawan kept on being India’s outstanding go-to man in ODIs and conveyed another fine execution in an ICC tournament, making him an authority for the greatest form in the limited-overs format.

Shikar Dhawan Marriage

Shikhar Dhawan with his wife and kids. Credits: Wikibio

Shikhar Dhawan was introduced to his future spouse, Melbourne-based professional kick-boxer Ayesha Mukherjee, by Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh. Because of his 10-year age gap, her past marriage to an Australian businessman, and her two girls from her first marriage, his parents were at first against the relationship.

The two got engaged in 2009 after his parents acknowledged their relationship, yet he needed to build up himself before getting married. They, at last, got hitched on October 30, 2012, and welcomed a child named Zoravar in mid-2014. He has two stepdaughters named Rhea and Aliyah.

Shikhar Dhawan’s Achievements

Shikhar Dhawan’s 187 against Australia in 2013 is the Fastest Test Century by a debutant. That season, he was named the ‘CEAT International Player of the Year’ and was incorporated into the ‘ICC World ODI XI’. He is the first player to get 2 back to back Golden Bats at ICC Champions Trophy. He is also the fifth quickest batsman to achieve 4000 runs in ODIs


On 29 December 2017, he and his family were detained at Dubai air terminal when Dhawan was making a trip to Cape Town to play against South Africa. This was because he didn’t have the birth testament of his children.

Interesting facts about Shikhar Dhawan

    • His Ghajini style haircut, bent mustache, and the manner in which he whirls his moustache are trendsetting among youngsters, and furthermore gave him a pet name of ‘Gabbar’.
  • He frequently celebrates in mark style in the wake of taking a catch.
  • Dhawan is an extremely down to earth and a rational individual. As indicated by him, Sufi melodies lure him to manage success and failures alike.
  • He is the first ever cricketer to get 2 back to back Golden Bats at ICC Champions Trophy.
  • Dhawan has a fetish for tattoo. His body is covered with numerous tattoos.
Shikhar Dhawan and his tattoos. Credits:


  • On his right hand, Arjuna (character of Mahabharata), Lord Shiva and Baba Deep Singh are delineated. To his left side bicep, ‘Carpe Diem’ is painted, an tribal sign on his right shoulder, ‘A bird with a leafless tree’ on left calf, his significant other’s name “Ayesha” composed on left lower arm.

Shikhar Dhawan Net Worth

Net Worth Rs.75.8 Crore
Personal Properties Rs 32.5 Crore
Luxury Cars Owned – 5 Rs.9 Crore
IPL Fee per Season Rs.4 Crore
Brand Endorsement Fee Rs. 5.2 Crores
Retainer Fee Rs.1 Crore
ODI Match Fee Rs.3,00,000
Test Match Fee Rs.5,00,000
T20 Match Fee Rs.2,00,000