Explosive Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan turned 32 today and warm birthday wishes poured in from the cricket fraternity. From 'God of Cricket' - Sachin Tendulkar to legendary opener Virender Sehwag, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh to all-rounder Suresh Raina, all took to their official Twitter handles to wish the aggressive opening batsman a very 'Happy Birthday'. Known for his flamboyant attitude, Dhawan is one of the most lovable characters in the Indian dressing room.
The BCCI also posted a video of the dressing room celebrations on their official Twitter handle -
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) described Dhawan as Team India's 'Gabbar' while extending their warm wishes on the batsman's special occasion.
"Here's wishing #TeamIndia's Gabbar @SDhawan25 a very happy birthday #HappyBirthdayGabbar," the BCCI wrote.
Fastest debut Test century ✅— ICC (@ICC) December 5, 2017
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Happy Birthday to @SDhawan25! pic.twitter.com/WTlLklcwK7
The ICC also wished Dhawan tweeting, "Fastest debut Test century, Highest debut Test score for India, Fastest to 3,000 ODI runs for India, India's top scorer at #CWC15, Top scorer at #CT13 and #CT17, Happy Birthday to @SDhawan25!"
Happy birthday to the Gabbar of #TeamIndia Bahut yaarana lagta hai hahaha! 🙃✌🎂@SDhawan25
Have a great one my friend! Hope you score a 100 on your big day and take India to a win!#INDvsSL ✌️👍 pic.twitter.com/3Dk8MkLtXT— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 5, 2017
Indian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina also wished `Gabbar` on his birthday, saying he hopes that Dhawan went on to clinch a victory for India.
"Happy birthday to the Gabbar of #TeamIndia Bahut yaarana lagta hai hahaha! @SDhawan25. Have a great one my friend! Hope you score a 100 on your big day and take India to a win!#INDvsSL," Raina said.
Extending his warm wishes to Dhawan, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan tweeted, "Happy birthday brother @SDhawan25 have a great one #burraaaah."
Dhawan, who is currently playing in the Indian side in an ongoing three-match Test series against the Sri Lanka, continued his rich vein of form on his birthday as he smashed a half-century to guide the hosts to a second-innings score of 246/5 declared on Day 4 of the third and final Test at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.
The Delhi batsman, who made his debut against Australia in 2010, has amassed a total of 2,014 runs at an average of 43.78 in 28 Tests he played, while he has also notched up 3,870 at an average of 43.97 runs from 93 ODIs.