Star Indian opener and Gabbar of the team ‘Shikhar Dhawan’ is celebrating his 35th birthday today in Australia as he is with the team for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Aussies. Shikhar Dhawan is one of the best openers India has produced and his batting skills are a treat to watch.
Dhawan’s aggression and quick scoring have been a huge plus for India in the limited-overs cricket. The southpaw has been India’s mainstay for over half-a-decade now, during which he has produced several memorable innings. As the batsman turns 35, let’s us look at three of these innings.
Shikhar Dhawan announced his arrival in the longer format in the game by scoring 187 on his test debut against Australia in 2013. The special knock came at a time when the management was looking beyond Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag for the the future Indian openers. Murali Vijay had sealed his spot with impressive performance, though the management remained sceptical about Dhawan, who was by then known as a limited-overs specialist. Dhawan proved his versatility by scoring 187 on the debut itself.
Dhawan brought his best at the biggest stage in cricket — a World Cup. The southpaw led the way with a career best 137 as India beat South Africa in a league stage match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Together with Rahane, Dhawan put up a century stand for the third wicket that guided India to a massive total of 308
132 against Sri Lanka
Dhawan smashed his fastest ODI century for India — off just 72 balls — against Sri Lanka in a modest chase of 217 at the Rangiri International Stadium in Dambulla in 2017. The southpaw alone hit more boundaries (23) than the entire opposition (20).