Dhawan ‘biggest discovery’ of Indian cricket: Rajiv Shukla

Updated: Mar 16, 2013, 17:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress leader and Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Rajiv Shukla on Saturday congratulated left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan for his outstanding knock on his debut game against Australia in the third Test match in Mohali.

"He is the biggest discovery for the Indian cricket team. It also augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. Dhawan and (Cheteshwar) Pujara have successful careers in International cricket," said the Congressman.

Delhi lad Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest ton for a debutant in Test cricket, notching up his century in just 85 balls. Dhawan is now on course of becoming the first Indian to score a double ton on debut, and he also surpassed legendary Gundappa Vishwanath (137) to become the highest Indian run getter on a debut.

Dhawan milked the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground and his ton was studded with 21 boundaries. The swaggering opener first played for India in the U-14 World Cup where he was the leading run scorer, and his total of 505 runs from seven innings is a record for a single U-19 World Cup.

Dhawan made his runs at a whopping average of 84.16 with three centuries and was named the Player of the Tournament. His successful run continued when he made his Ranji debut for Delhi in 2004-05, finishing as the team`s leading run-getter with 461 runs.

Dhawan has been a consistent performer for his state side since, as his average of nearly 45 indicates, and he played a pivotal role in his team`s Ranji title win in 2007-08, scoring 570 runs in eight games. He made his ODI debut against Australia in Vizag in October 2010 after several senior players were rested.

He opened the innings in the run-chase. He did not score from the first ball and was bowled off the next by Clint McKay. Dhawan made his T-20I debut against the Carribean side in June 2011 tour at the Queen`s Park Oval, under captaincy of Suresh Raina.