EARLY LIFE :
Shikhar Dhawan was born in a Punjabi Hindu family on 5 December 1985. He finished schooling at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi. Watching his cousin play for Sonnet Club, he developed his interest in cricket, after which his parents enrolled him at the Sonnet Club at 12. He was trained under the guidance of coach Tarak Sinha. Initially, he was a wicketkeeper at the club, but later, he turned himself into an opening batsman. He scored a century in a U-15 tournament for the club. Since then, he has practiced a lot to be a good cricketer. When he was playing domestic cricket, he was often neglected by the selectors, so he set up his mind to quit the game.
Shikhar Dhawan was born to Mahendra Pal Dhawan and Sunaina Dhawan in a Kshatriya family.
He first played for Delhi in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 1999. He was the leading run-scorer in Vijay Merchant Trophy, where Delhi finished runners-up. Dhawan scored 755 runs out of 9 innings at an average of 83.88 with two hundred. His impressive performance for Delhi earned him a selection in India’s Under-17 squad for the 2000/01 Under-17 Asia Cup. Dhawan was selected for the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, where he was the leading run-scorer. He scored 505 runs from 7 innings; It is still a record for a single tournament.
In November 2004, he made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra Pradesh. In his first season of the Ranji Trophy, he was Delhi’s leading run-getter, scoring 461 runs from 6 matches. He played for India B Team in the 2005-06 Challenger Trophy. However, that trophy was very disappointing for him. During the 2007-08 season, he performed well consistently in the Duleep Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In October 2010, he made his International ODI debut against Australia. He made his test debut in 2013 against Australia. He made a century in his test debut. He completed his century from 85 balls, the fastest on his test debut.
He made his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils.
In April 2008, and scored four half-centuries for the team. For the second and third seasons of IPL, he was traded to Mumbai Indians in exchange for Ashish Nehra. For the 2011 IPL, he was bought by Deccan Chargers. Before starting the 2013 IPL, he was made captain of Sunrises Hyderabad.
PERSONAL LIFE :
Shikhar Dhawan married former kickboxer and Melbourne-based Ayesha Mukherjee in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, on 30 October 2012. Ayesha was divorced from her previous husband and had two daughters.
He has two stepdaughters, Rhea and Aliyah. In 2014, his son, Zoravar was born.
In September 2021, Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee parted ways after nine years of marriage. Ayesha took to Instagram to announce their divorce.