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The Ruthless Opener of Indian cricket team Gabbar -"Shikhar Dhawan".

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Shikhar Dhawan, born on December 5, 1985, is India’s opening batsman in the post Virender Sehwag-Gautam Gambhir era. Dhawan announced his arrival with a smashing ton on Test debut and since then has established himself in the team.

Due to consistent rejections for the national squad, Tarak Sinha, Shikhar’s coach, said he was so distraught that he contemplated quitting the sport. The most frustrating was the selction of his junior, Virat Kohli before him. Shikhar started to doubt his capabilities and it was only after Sinha motivated him to keep striving towards his dreams that Shikhar continued to play.

Shikhar believes in a detailed analysis of his performances as well as in practice. Dhawan admitted in an interview to ESPN Cricinfo : “I write down how I played, little details of the way I batted, the way I was feeling.”

Dhawan has numerous tattoos on his body. In an interview with GQ, he said that he has a leafless tree carved on his calf. On one of his triceps he has Carpe Diem quote. He also has plans to get more tattoos done.

Dhawan has had a liking for bikes since a very young age. India Today reported that he owned an Enfield. In 2010, he bought himself a swanky Suzuki Hayabusa.

It is interesting that Dhawan played for India Masters even before he had played for India. In a Tsunami Relief Tournament in Abu Dhabi in May 2005, Dhawan played alongside numerous ex-India players against Pakistan Masters and Sri Lanka Masters. He got blobs in both games, dismissed by Lasith Malinga and Abdul Razzaq.

posted Jun 8 by Pooja Shetty

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1. Mithali Raj was born in Jodhpur on December 3, 1982 and is the daughter of an Air Force officer. She started playing the game at the age of 10.

2. In 2015, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, which she felt would help the cause of women’s cricket in India.

3. At 17, she made it to the Indian team and, in 1999, she played her first ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes, scoring 114 runs.

4. In the domestic cricket scene, Mithali plays for the Railways.

5. On August 14, 2002, when she was 19 years old, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of highest individual test score.

6. In 2002, during the Women’s World Cup, Mithali came down with typhoid, which squashed India’s chances of winning.

7. In 2006, under her captaincy, the Indian women’s cricket team got their first Test and Series win in England.

8. In 2006, the Indian team again won the Asian Cup, for the second time in twelve months.

9. In 2003, she became the recipient of the Arjuna Award.

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6. Makings of an all-rounder

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While cricket remains his first love, Bhuvneshwar has said that his most loved side interest is playing games on his PS3 and his iPad.

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Bhuvneshwar is not the first Kumar who hails from Meerut, swings the ball both ways, has taken a fifer a Lord's, and is a helpful batsman down the request! Be that as it may, his similarity with Praveen Kumar — no connection — closes there. While Praveen has been known to have a blazing temper and a demeanor issue, Bhuvneshwar is calm, mild-mannered, and shy.

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7. Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the 'Titan Cup' against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.

8. The 45-year-old is the 3rd highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket after Shane Watson and Muttiah Muralitharan. He is the 2nd Indian bowler to capture 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev.

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