The year 2015 has not gone according to his plan. He did not match his own standard of batting. But, the former has made a point to his critics before the dawn of the New Year: “It is not that I am irresponsible because I get out playing shots.”
In an interview with the national daily The Hindu, the Indian left-handed batsman explained what goes inside a batsman’s mind while getting philosophical at a point and stressing that “there is life beyond cricket.”
During India’s ODI series defeat against South Africa at home Dhawan scored 14 in two T20Is, 126 in 5 ODIs and 150 in 4 Tests. Dhawan Ranji and Vijay Hazare Trophy performance also did not go well. But he said getting out to a playable shot should not be equated with being irresponsible.
“I always back my shots. I know this particular shot gives me runs. It can also cost me my wicket. I have to accept it because only I know what is best for me. It is not that I am irresponsible because I get out playing shots,” he said.
Dhawan also brushed aside criticism against Rohit, refusing to accept the criticism they are “casual” and “reckless.”
Dhawan made his debut with a breathtaking 187 against the Aussies, Dhawan said he never lacks preparation but it hardly gets noticed as what eyeballs is only the end result.
“They [critics] mostly look at results and not the effort. I am improving and, believe me, I am at peace with the world. I laugh away my failures because that is the best way to deal with them. My basics are strong and I know my preparations are also strong because I work on my skills all the time. You can’t do this unless you are fit. People miss this point.”
The 30 year then said he now knows how to ignore negativity.
“I have learnt to be thick-skinned if I have to excel at the crease. I have to let negative energy bounce off. It is true that cricket teaches you tolerance. I have learnt it.”
For a professional cricketer, there is always that risk of underperforming and losing your place in the side. But Dhawan knows how to deal with it, “If I am dropped from the India team, I can’t allow it to bring me down. It will hurt big time but then there is life outside cricket too.”
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