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Shikhar Dhawan: Something I Never Thought I’d

About Shikhar Dhawan

The best thing about travel is that you get to binge on different cuisines from across the globe. But Shikhar Dhawan sure you’ll agree that it takes a hell lot of courage to challenge your food limits, leave your judgments behind, sample food that you thought you’d never eat, and survive statements like, “Eww, how can you eat that!”

Well, when I bumped into the globe-trotting Indian Southpaw and captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Shikhar Dhawan, here’s the first question I asked him:

What’s the one food item Shikhar Dhawan never thought you’d eat?

Shikhar Dhawan was in a restaurant in Dubai once and he ordered a dish called ‘Escargot’ from the menu, without realizing what it actually was. Turned out it was a preparation of snails that completely freaked me out. Nevertheless, I did try it for the heck of trying.”

Little more ambitious and curious, I shot him another question.

What’s that one thing we will ALWAYS find in Shikhar Dhawan travel bag?

“A picture of my lovely wife. He looks at her and says good night every single night.” Don’t judge me, but Shikhar Dhawan really tempted to say ‘Aww…that’s so sweet.’ So have you tried something strange too? Hit reply and tell us the one thing you thought you’d never eat but did, and if we find your answer interesting, you might get lucky and get featured in this section.

While Shikhar Dhawan dreams of trying different cuisines when travelling the world, what Shikhar Dhawan does dil dream about?

Shikhar Dhawan Youth career

Shikhar Dhawan first played for Delhi Under-16s in the 1999/00 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He had scores of 5 and 6 in the only game he played in that tournament. In the 2000/01 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Delhi finished runners-up, Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer. He scored 755 runs from 9 innings at an average of 83.88 with two hundreds and a top-score of 199. He was selected in the North Zone Under-16s squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February 2001. He scored 30 and 66 in the semifinal against South Zone.

His impressive performances for Delhi Under-16s were rewarded when he was picked in the India Under-17 squad for the 2000/01 ACC Under-17 Asia Cup. He played three games in that tournament and averaged 85. He was drafted into the Delhi Under-19 team in October 2001, at the age of 15, for the Cooch Behar Trophy. He averaged 22.75 in the two games he played for Delhi Under-19s, before returning to play for the Delhi Under-16s in November 2001. In the 2001/02 Vijay Merchant Trophy, Shikhar Dhawan impressed once again with the bat by scoring 282 runs in 5 innings at an average of 70.50. In October 2002, Shikhar Dhawan was selected again in the Delhi Under-19 team for the Cooch Behar Trophy in which he made 388 runs from 8 innings at an average of 55.42 including two hundreds.He was then picked to play for North Zone Under-19s in January 2003 in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. He scored 45 and 12 in the semifinal against Central Zone, before top-scoring for North Zone with 71 in the final on a seaming track in Rohtak against East Zone as North Zone secured an innings-win.] In the CK Nayudu Trophy in February 2003, he averaged 55.50 with the bat for North Zone Under-19s. He continued to amass runs at the Under-19 domestic level as he scored 444 runs from 6 innings at an average of 74 in the Cooch Behar Trophy in October 2003 after which he was made the captain of the Delhi Under-19 team. Shikhar Dhawan averaged 66.66 in the MA Chidambaram Trophy in December 2003 which was his first tournament as captain.

Shikhar Dhawan played for India in the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh and finished as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. His total of 505 runs from seven innings is a record for a single Under-19 World Cup. He made his runs at an average of 84.16 with three centuries and a fifty and was named Player of the Tournament. He represented India in two youth Tests against England in January 2005 in which he had scores of 69, 18 and 41.

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