Back in 2013, Shikhar Dhawan stunned all the spectators and commentators when he stroked his way to the fastest Test hundred by a debutant. Prior to that, the Delhi cricketer had spent eight years in the first-class cricket, patiently waiting for an opportunity to make his mark.
For a man who was written off by almost everyone to get a national call-up, Dhawan has surely come a long way to become one of India's preferred openers across formats. Today, in partnership with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan has earned the tag of one of the most feared opening pair in limited-overs cricket.
From flaying those exquisite cover drives to effortlessly pulling the bowlers for a six, Dhawan has established himself as a pivotal member of the new-age Indian line-up. His batting prowess was in full display during the T20I series in Australia where his consistent performances also earned him the 'Man of the Series' honour.
Carrying his blistering form to New Zealand, the 33-year-old was seen playing his shots with relative ease during India's chase of 157 runs at the McLean Park in Napier. The Indian opener continued his fine run, bringing up his 26th ODI fifty in the 23rd over. And, en route his half-century, Dhawan also added another feather to his cap as he reached 5,000 runs in the 50-over format.
In the process, Dhawan became the second fastest Indian to achieve the milestone. The Indian batsman took 118 innings to bring up his 5,000 ODI runs, beating Sourav Ganguly who took 126 innings to get there. Dhawan is also levelled with West Indian legend Brian Lara who also reached his 5,000 ODI runs in 118 innings.January 23, 2019
While Virat Kohli continues to be the fastest Indian to the 5000-run mark as he achieved the feat in 114 innings, Hashim Amla leads the overall list as he took just 101 innings to reach the milestone.
At the time of writing this article, India were cruising in their run-chase at 123/1 in 26 overs with Dhawan (60) and Kohli (41) forging a partnership out in the middle.