Cricket fans across the world know that when it comes to ICC tournaments, India has always been a force to be reckoned with. And one of the key players who has contributed significantly to this success is none other than Shikhar Dhawan. With his explosive batting style and exceptional form in major tournaments, he has become India’s go-to batsman for big games. But how did Dhawan rise to this level of cricketing greatness? In this blog post, we take a closer look at his journey and explore the factors that have made him one of India’s most successful tournament batsmen.
How Shikhar Dhawan Became India’s Go-To Batsman in ICC Tournaments
Shikhar Dhawan made his international cricketing debut for India in the 2008 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. He quickly established himself as India’s go-to batsman, and has been a mainstay of the Indian team ever since. Dhawan has played in all six of India’s ICC tournaments, and has averaged over 30 in those appearances. He has also been a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup.
Dhawan’s batting style is simple but effective. He relies on strong defence and good timing to score runs. Dhawan is a very good outfielder too, which helps him take good catches and make run-outs.
His stats and achievements
Shikhar Dhawan is one of the most consistent batsmen in the world and has been a vital part of India’s cricketing success. He has played 104 ODIs and 54 T20Is, scoring over 6000 runs with an average of over 37. He has won many awards, including the ICC Player of the Year award in 2013, making him one of only two players to win this award twice. His achievements include being the highest run scorer in the World Cup 2011 and becoming only the fourth player to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year.
His Journey to the Top
Shikhar Dhawan is known to be one of the most consistent batsmen in world cricket. He has been a part of India’s national cricket team since 2006 and has played in many ICC tournaments, most notably the ICC World T20 in 2012 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Dhawan made his first-class debut for Himachal Pradesh in 2001 and after impressing with consistent performances, he was selected for the Indian team for the tour of Sri Lanka later that year. After playing a couple of matches, Dhawan was called up to play against South Africa in December 2001. He made his international debut on that day and scored 63 runs from 72 balls, helping India win by six wickets.
Dhawan continued to play consistently throughout 2002 and 2003, scoring 1,000+ runs each season. In 2004, he was selected for the tour of West Indies but struggled with form and was dropped from the side after two Tests. After returning home to Himachal Pradesh, Dhawan regained his form and was recalled to the Indian team for their tour of England later that year. He played three Tests and two ODIs during this tour, scoring 171 runs at an average of 44.33 including an innings of 106 not out against Yorkshire at Old Trafford which helped India win by nine wickets.
In 2005, Dhawan again struggled with form but was recalled for the Indian team’s tour of Australia where he played five Test matches and three OD
Shikhar Dhawan, India’s go-to batsman in ICC tournaments, has always been a potent force in the domestic circuit. He made his international debut in 2007 at the age of 18, and since then he has become one of India’s most reliable batsmen. Dhawan has played 106 Tests and 345 ODIs for India, amassing 11,394 runs with an average of 43.53 and 37 centuries. He is also the leading runscorer in Twenty20 Internationals (10,340 runs) and the T20I Player of the Year award recipient in 2016.
Dhawan has had a successful stint with Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in both IPL seasons so far. In 2017, he was adjudged as the man of the match in RPS’ victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He followed it up with another Man-of-the-Match performance in RPS’ win against Mumbai Indians (MI) during 2018 IPL season. In both seasons, Dhawan averaged over 50 with two centuries and 16 fifties during his 32 innings scored.
He was retained by RPS for their upcoming 2019 season as well but sustained an injury during the team’s pre-season training camp that ruled him out for six weeks. The injury notwithstanding, Dhawan continued to perform well for RPS throughout their campaign and ended up topping the batting averages on both occasions averaging 62.50 and 66 respectively to
What is cricket?
Cricket is a sport originating from the Indian subcontinent that is played between two teams of 11 players on a cricket ground. The game is rich in history and has evolved over time to become one of the most popular sports in the world.
The first recorded cricket match took place in 1787 between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and All-England Eleven at Lords. The first international cricket match was played between England and Australia in 1877. India became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1932 and has since participated in every ICC tournament, with the exception of the 2000 World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan has been India’s go-to batsman in ICC tournaments, claiming 481 runs in 10 matches with an average of 52.11. He has also scored four centuries and two half-centuries, helping India to reach the final stage of all six ICC tournaments he has participated in.
How did Shikhar Dhawan become India’s go-to batsman?
Shikhar Dhawan has been India’s go-to batsman in ICC tournaments for a while now. He has been a part of the team that has won the World Cup in 2011, 2013 and 2017. Apart from being a consistent performer, Dhawan also has an impressive record in ICC tournaments. He has scored 6181 runs in 79 matches at an average of 40.92 which is the highest among all batsmen who have played at least 50 matches in ICC tournaments.
Dhawan was born on December 24, 1992, in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He made his first-class debut for Jharkhand at the age of 19 years and 349 days. His first-class career ended with him scoring 3343 runs in 117 matches at an average of 44.12 which earned him selection for the India A squad for the 2012–13 season. In 2013, he made his international debut against Zimbabwe and soon became a regular member of the Indian ODI team.
In November 2014, Dhawan was called up to play for India in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka. He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka on November 15 and scored 73 runs off 37 balls which included four boundaries and two sixes which helped India win the match by seven wickets. In this series, he also achieved a memorable feat by becoming only the fourth player to score 1000 T20I runs within 200 innings after Rohit
His stats and achievements
Shikhar Dhawan was born on October 3, 1988 in a rural area of Rohtak, Haryana. He started playing cricket at the age of six and soon developed a reputation as one of the best batsmen in his state. He was selected for the Under-19 team and made his first-class debut for Haryana in 2005. In 2006, he was drafted into the Indian Test squad and made his debut against England. Dhawan quickly established himself as India’s go-to batsman, scoring double centuries against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe while also averaging over 50 in Tests. In 2013, he helped India win the ICC World Twenty20 Championship and he also played an instrumental role in India’s victory in the ICC Champions Trophy that same year.