Had imagined scoring a century on my ODI debut, got out on duck: Shikhar Dhawan
Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has come a long way since making his India debut against Australia in 2010. Dhawan is currently one of the best openers in limited-overs cricket and continues to dish out impressive performances for the Men in Blue with the bat. The southpaw has formed a formidable opening partnership with Rohit Sharma and the duo has already broken several records together.
However, it was not all rosy for Dhawan at the start of his career as he had a forgettable international debut. The left-hander broke into the Indian team after a string of impressive performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the domestic circuit. He revealed he had thought of scoring a century on his ODI debut but ended up getting dismissed on a duck.
Dhawan was all set to make his debut in Kochi against the Aussies but the match was called off due to rain. His debut finally came in the next game but things didn't go how the batsman would have liked. The left-hander revealed he was under immense pressure ahead of his debut and couldn't sleep the night before.
"When I was about to make my debut, I was switching sides the night before and couldn't sleep. My dream was to play for India and now I have reached there. So I could not sleep all night. As I could not sleep all night, I was getting worried about how the energy would last all day. When I woke up in the morning, it was raining and the match was cancelled. Then I took a sleeping pill to sleep the night before the next match," Dhawan said in an interview.
"When I got out for 0 on my ODI debut, I went back laughing. It was disappointing because I imagined myself scoring a century," Dhawan recalled when asked about nerves ahead of his ODI debut," he added.
Dhawan subsequently lost his spot in the Indian squad and regained it in the series against West Indies six months later. He once again found himself out of the team after scoring 69 runs in four games. He made a strong comeback in the side in Champions trophy 2013 and cemented his spot as an opener alongside Rohit.
Dhawan has played 133 ODIs and 55 T20Is for India amassing 5518 and 1413 runs respectively in the two formats. He will be crucial to India's chances in the World T20 in Australia next year.