Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult times made me stronger but needed calm and clarity

Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult Times Made Me Stronger But Needed Calm And Clarity
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Image Source: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES Shikhar Dhawan of India during the 1st Betway One Day International match between South Africa and India at Eurolux Boland Park. (File Photo)

Highlights

  • Dhawan entered into the series in the back of poor run of Hazzare Prize scores– 0, 12, 14, 18, 12.
  • “Our wickets fell in a load which had an influence on us as a batting unit,” Dhawan reasoned.
  • Dhawan thinks that when Rohit Sharma is back in the mix, the group will be stronger and well balanced.

Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult times made me stronger but needed calm and clarity, Shikhar Dhawan thinks that every lean spot in his profession has actually made him “more powerful” but it is his clarity and peace that has enabled him to ride over bumpy rides.

The earliest player in the Indian ODI set-up, there were great deal of speak about Dhawan’s bad kind in domestic cricket but as it has been with the 36-year-old, he was back with a bang in his preferred blue shirt with a top-score of 79 off 84 balls, albeit in a losing cause in the first ODI versus South Africa.

Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult times made me stronger but needed calm and clarity

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“I don’t listen to the media or don’t read papers or enjoy news, that method I don’t take all that information,” Dhawan stated when asked how he keeps himself way from negativity.

Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult times made me stronger but needed calm and clarity

For him, neither the bad patch has affected him for the very first time nor is it going to be the last time but one needs to have the self belief in one’s abilities.

“I have complete confidence in myself that what my game is and I have clearness on that and I stay rather calm. And this belongs to life, this happens in life, everyone’s life has ups and downs, so it is nothing new and taking place for the very first time or for the last time in my profession or my life, so it is alright, that just makes me more powerful,” said Dhawan.

Shikhar Dhawan: Difficult times made me stronger but needed calm and clarity

Dhawan entered the series in the back of bad run of Hazzare Trophy ratings– 0, 12, 14, 18, 12 in 5 List A video games.

But if one carefully looks at Dhawan’s profession, simply when there has been calls to drop him, he has actually inevitably responded with a huge knock like he did in the very first ODI, where he looked the very best batter in his side.

“These talks (to drop him) always are there and I am used to it and I just understand how to offer my finest and I constantly ensure that my preparation is quite great and process is good and then I leave it on God.

“… and I understand that with my experience and my self-confidence, I’ll do good and I more than happy that I did well today,” the flamboyant opener quipped.

His endeavour is to stay healthy and fit for the last part of his career.

“With my experience I’ll keep scoring great deals of runs and yeah till the time I keep playing cricket I stay healthy and delighted and I score lot of runs,” he said understanding well that he is reaching business end of his profession.

Not a simple wicket to play shots in middle overs

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Dhawan’s evaluation of his group’s 31-run defeat versus South Africa was having a hard time to keep the scoreboard ticking in the center overs as the pitch got slower.

“We had a good start and I feel the wicket was sluggish, it was offering a bit of turn as well. So, when you are going after (around) 300 runs, when the middle-order comes to bat, it is difficult to play shots.

“Our wickets fell in a heap and that had an effect on us as a batting unit,” Dhawan reasoned.

Dhawan likewise applauded the South African duo of Temba Bavuma (110 off 143) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out off 96) for their well crafted hundreds that laid the platform for a persuading win.

Asked what was the turning point of the video game, he stated, “I feel both the South African batsmen (batters) batted rather well and they took the innings quite deep.”

Younger batters need to mould video game according to demands

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Dhawan believes that dealing with varied match situations includes experience and the likes of Rishabh Pabt, the two Iyers– Shreyas and Venkatesh will comprehend much better as they play more games.

“This (conversation) we have that play according to the situation and what the situation demands, keep the team ahead and a person’s video game is necessary.

“… but at the exact same time be useful, how can you mould your game, so that when a partnership is needed, then it is essential, all those things and I feel these gets improved with experience and time,” noted the Delhi batter.

The southpaw was again asked how the middle order issues can be remedied, to which he stated,”See our idea process as a system or a team is that we are developing our team for 2023 World Cup, so there are going to be couple of hiccups here and there, which is great and we as a team analyze how we can improve.”

Rohit’s lack is an element

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Dhawan believes that as soon as regular white ball captain Rohit Sharma is back in the mix, the team will be more powerful and the middle-order will also play better cricket.

“And I feel that now all of us have great clearness that we have got this bunch of group and those will be there and how can they be refined.

“Now Rohit (Sharma) isn’t there, when he returns, an experienced player will be available in and the middle-order (Rahul will go down) will get more powerful. So, the children who are getting a chance, they will gain from this experience.We are looking at larger photo,” he stated.

Released at Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:59:46 -0500

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