Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian international cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler and he plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played for the Indian Under-17 and Under-19 teams before making his first-class debut for Delhi in November 2004. He is one of those players who have seen a tough time in terms of every match, but he has played well with his due efforts. His role in IPL matches too has been vulnerable by playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad previously and now for Delhi Capitals.
|Real Name||Shikhar Dhawan|
|Nickname(s)||Gabbar, Jatt Ji, Daddy D|
|Profession||Indian Cricketer (Left-handed Batsman)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm|
|in meters- 1.80 m|
|in feet inches- 5’ 11”|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 80 kg|
|in pounds- 176 lbs|
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 40 inches|
|- Waist: 32 inches|
|- Biceps: 16 inches|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|International Debut||ODI- 20 October 2010 against Australia at Visakhapatnam|
|Test- 14 March 2013 against Australia at Mohali|
|T20- 4 June 2011 against West Indies at Port of Spain|
|Jersey Number||#25, 16 (India)|
|Domestic/State Team||Deccan Chargers, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, India A, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Coach/Mentor(s)||Tarak Sinha, Madan Sharma|
|Favourite Shot||Cut shot|
|Records (main ones)||• The leading run scorer in any Under-19 World Cup (505 runs from 7 innings in 2004).|
|• The fastest to reach 1000 runs in ICC ODI tournaments (16 innings).|
|• The 2nd-highest individual score in a List A match (248 runs off 150 balls for India A against South Africa A at Pretoria).|
|• Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner became the 1st opening pair to score more than 2000 runs in the IPL.|
|• The 97th batsman overall to score a century on his Test debut (187 runs against Australia in 2013).|
|• The fastest century ever on Test debut (187 runs off 85 balls against Australia in 2013).|
|• Most runs by an Indian player in the 2015 ICC World Cup (412 runs in 8 innings).|
|• The 1st ever cricketer to get 2 consecutive golden bats at ICC Champions Trophy.|
|• Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made a record opening partnership in T20 internationals (158 runs) for any wicket, against New Zealand in 2017.|
|• The 1st Indian batsman (9th overall) to score a century in 100th ODI (against South Africa in 2018).|
|Awards/Achievements||2004- Player of the Tournament in the Under-19 World Cup|
|2013- Man of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy|
|Career Turning Point||His performance for the India Blue in the 2010 Challengers Trophy, after which he was included in the ODI series against Australia.|
|Date of Birth||1985-12-05 00:00:00|
|Age (as in 2018)||33 Years|
|Birth Place||Delhi, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|School||St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School, Delhi|
|Educational Qualification||12th standard|
|Address||A bungalow in Delhi and Melbourne|
|Hobbies||Doing yoga, Swimming, Reading, Playing table tennis and badminton|
|Tattoo(s)||Right hand- Arjuna, the character from Mahabharat, Lord Shiva, and Baba Deep Singh (one of the most honoured martyrs in Sikh history)|
|Left biceps- "Carpe Diem" written|
|Right shoulder- A tribal design|
|Left calf- A bird with a leafless tree|
|Left forearm- His wife's name written "Ayesha"|
|Tattoos Photo & Details: Shikhar Dhawan tattoos|
|Controversy||On 29 December 2017, when he, along with his family was travelling to Cape Town to play against South Africa, his wife and kids were stopped at Dubai airport from boarding the flight as they weren't having birth certificates for the kids.|
|Girls, Affairs & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Ayesha Mukherjee (Former Kickboxer)|
|Marriage Date||2012-10-30 00:00:00|
|Marriage Place||Vasant Kunj, New Delhi|
|Wife/Spouse||Ayesha Mukherjee (m. 2012-present)|
|Children||Son- Zoravar (born in 2014)|
|Daughters- Rhea (Step-daughter), Aliyah (Step-daughter)|
|Parents||Father- Mahendra Pal Dhawan|
|Mother- Sunaina Dhawan|
|Sister- Shreshta (Younger)|
|Favourite Cricketer(s)||Sachin Tendulkar, Andy Flower|
|Favourite Cricket Ground||Lord's Cricket Ground, London|
|Favourite Food||Butter chicken|
|Favourite Actor(s)||Aamir Khan, Sylvester Stallone|
|Favourite Actress||Kareena Kapoor|
|Favourite Film||Rocky (1976)|
|Favourite Singer(s)||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wadali brothers (Puranchand & Pyarelal)|
|Favourite Song(s)||"Mawa Thandiya Chava" by Gurdas Maan|
|"Sai" by Satinder Sartaj|
|Favourite Book(s)||Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne|
|Car Collection||Mercedes GL350 CDI|
|Bike Collection||Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa, Royal Enfield|
|Salary (as in 2018)||Retainer Fee- ₹7 crore|
|Test Fee- ₹15 lakh|
|ODI Fee- ₹6 lakh|
|T20 Fee- ₹3 lakh|
|IPL 11- ₹5.2 crore|
|Net Worth (approx.)||₹75 crore|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shikhar Dhawan
- Does Shikhar Dhawan smoke? : No
- Does Shikhar Dhawan drink alcohol? : Yes
- Shikhar was born into a middle-class Punjabi family with roots in Ludhiana.
- His cousin used to play for Sonnet Club, Delhi. Watching him play, he developed his interest in cricket, after which his parents enrolled him at the Sonnet Club, aged 12, under the coaching of Tarak Sinha.
- The same year, he scored a century in a U-15 school tournament.
- When he joined the club, he was more of a wicket-keeper than a batsman.
- While he was playing domestic cricket, there was a time when he was continually overlooked by the selectors, which frustrated him so much that he wanted to quit playing cricket.
- On his ODI debut, he got out on a “duck” and scored a “century” on his Test debut.
- He was selected ahead of Virender Sehwag on his Test debut, and he fully justified his selection by hitting the fastest century on Test debut — in just 85 balls.
- His Ghajini haircut, curved moustache, and the way he twirls his moustache is a trendsetter among the many youths.
- His wife Ayesha Mukherji who was settled in Australia was introduced to him by their common friend Harbhajan Singh on Facebook. Later, they both got into a relationship and got married.
- His wife Ayesha is half-Bengali and half-British, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. She has 2 children with her first husband and 1 child with Shikhar Dhawan.
- His wife is 10 years older than him.
- He has a signature style of celebration after taking a catch.
- He is known to be a grounded person and he credits Sufi songs for it as it taught him to treat success and failure in the same way.