After Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Indian cricket's search for a suitable opening batsman ended in Shikhar Dhawan. He held on to this responsibility and shone as a player the team could bank upon.

On his birthday, let us have a look on a few interesting facts about this Delhi lad:

Started as a wicketkeeper: Shikhar Dhawan started his career as a wicket keeper which he later quit to focus better on his batting.

Set a record in his debut Test match: He made his Test debut against Australia in the year 2013, when he scored the fastest century by any cricketer in his first Test innings.

Love for tattoos: He has numerous tattoos on his body, including a leafless tree carved on his calf and a 'carpe diem' tattoo on his tricep.

Nicknames: He is called 'jaat ji' by many of his teammates owing to the fact that he hails from the 'jaat' community. He is also called 'gabbar' because of the interesting style in which he maintains his moustache.

Interesting love story: His wife Ayesha is an amateur boxer with an Australian citizenship. This is Ayesha's second marriage who is twelve years elder to Shikhar Dhawan. The two were introduced to each other by Harbhajan Singh.

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