This gifted southpaw has been on the national selectors' radar ever since he was awarded the Man of the Tournament in the Under-19 World Cup in 2004. Since then, Shikhar Dhawan has maintained averages in excess of 40 in both first-class and List-A cricket, playing for his domestic side Delhi.
Batting at the crucial no.3 position, he felt almost at home when the IPL came about in 2008 - notching up 340 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38. In the 2009 season, Dhawan was traded to the Mumbai Indians in a direct swap for Ashish Nehra. Following the 2009 IPL season, Dhawan scored heaps of runs in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia and continued to rise through the ranks of promising young batsmen in the country.