Teams Played For
Board Presidents XI, Mumbai Indians, India, Deccan Chargers, India Red, India A, Rest of India, North Zone, Mumbai A, Delhi, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indians, Delhi Capitals, India B
Shikhar Dhawan is another player who got into reckoning through his Under-19 performances in the year 2004. Picked by the Delhi Daredevils based on his swashbuckling skills and strong domestic performance in the first edition of the IPL Dhawan rose through the ranks in the star-studded DD line up that then comprised of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, AB De Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan. He was given the responsibility of holding the innings together at the all-important number 3 spot and Dhawan did justice to the trust shown on him by the team management poling up 340 runs from 10 matches.
However, the stint was cut short as DD decided to move on from him that took Dhawan into the MI camp. He was asked to open and could not quite manage to hold on to his opening position and soon lost his way in the Sachin Tendulkar-led team scoring 20 runs from 5 matches in the 2009 edition and 191 runs from 10 innings in the 2010 edition.
The move to the then Deccan Chargers (now Sunrisers Hyderabad) proved to be resurgent for Dhawan who bounced back with his admirable stroke playing and consistency. In the last four seasons, Dhawan amassed more than 400 runs every season and proved to be a crucial element of the Sunrisers success in the league.
Sunrisers traded Dhawan with DD before the IPL 2020 and it will be a homecoming of some sort for Dhawan who will represent his home team and city after 11 years. Dhawan will look forward to giving valuable impetus at the start of the innings and if he succeeds at that, Delhi Capitals will give teams a run for their money in the upcoming IPL.