The opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has defined his role for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as the one who creates impact and gives momentum to the team.
Shikhar Dhawan, who is also the regular opener for Team India in white-ball cricket, said that he helps his fellow Indian opener Rohit Sharma to settle while he plays the role of an aggressive batsman.
The southpaw believes that in the upcoming season he would depict the same role as he does for the national team. The 34-year-old opined that he would give Capitals a fantastic start and then anchor the innings.
“In IPL, we have to give a fiery start. And then the person who is set takes the game further. I would love to be an impact player, create momentum for my team. For 5-6 overs mostly I am the aggressor for India too; Rohit (Sharma) takes his time and then plays. I am talking about ODIs here.
“(In T20) you get 6-7 balls to settle. Sometimes it depends on what the team role is, if the team wants 50 runs from 6 overs…everyday it’s not the same thing, but mostly you have to fire from both ends and that’s the best thing. And at the same time be smart enough not to lose too many wickets,” Shikhar Dhawan stated.
I enjoy working with Ricky Ponting: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan heaped praise on Ricky Ponting coaching stating that he enjoyed working with the former Australian captain. He stated that Ponting’s advice to work on his body language has helped him in improving his game.
“He is a great coach and I enjoy working with him. He told me, keep your body language stronger and I worked on it and it has helped me. We (players) are mindful of the need to do specific things so that we improve.”
Meanwhile, IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin from the 19th of September but DC will play their first match against KXIP on 20 September.