Espncricinfo Test batting award for 2013: Shikhar Dhawan

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Shikhar Dhawan
187 v Australia, third Test, Mohali

Before reprising Shikhar Dhawan's 187, let's look at what brought him to Mohali and that perfect day. An innings of incandescence was crafted out of more than Dhawan's wagon-wheely repertoire of strokes that day. It also belonged to his seasons in the shadows and a first-class career of not much distinction.

Everyone inside Indian cricket knew enough about Dhawan. He had been around for so long that he had steadily moved towards becoming a "domestic veteran", that nebulous category somewhere between nobility and furniture. The wild-child moments that had marked his teenage kept cropping up as he grew older. To average in the low-to-mid-40s for most of his first-class career became, in many ways, Dhawan's calling card. It led to a blurring of the progress he had made in his last two seasons.

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