16 June, 2021

A Twirl Of A Golden Batsman

Shikhar Dhawan’s late efflorescence is touched by artistry, speaks of his self-belief

Reuters (From Outlook 08 July 2013)
A Twirl Of A Golden Batsman

If you lived in Delhi and read the sports pages regularly, you might remember seeing Shikhar Dhawan’s name emblazoned across headlines for almost a decade now, though never in the main sports page. Glimpses of ‘Dhawan steers Delhi to victory against Railways’, ‘Shikhar Dhawan stars in thrilling Duleep Trophy tie’, ‘Dhawan scores century in Irani Cup’ would peep out of the ‘national’ sports pages. Finally, that sentence in national selection news—‘Shikhar Dhawan left out of Indian squad yet again’.

Winning the ‘Golden Bat’ in the ICC Champions Trophy as the tournament’s highest run-scorer shouldn’t have been a unique experience for Shikhar Dhawan. In 2004, Dhawan scored 505 runs, the highest, in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Some of his teammates were Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu and R.P. Singh—all made their India debut long ago. Many of his juniors like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are seasoned national cricketers. Dhawan only made...

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