Shikhar Dhawan started slowly in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League 2020 but going into the business end. The Delhi Capitals opener is sitting second on the run-scorers’ chart with 465 runs from 10 games with two centuries.
He scored consecutive centuries in the last two matches one in a winning cause, and one resulted in a loss as others simply couldn’t score runs. He averages a staggering 66.43 in IPL 2020 with two half-centuries and two tons.
Shikhar Dhawan Likes To Stay Happy And Don’t Like To Take Stress And Got Confidence After Scoring 50s
Shikhar Dhawan threw light on his outstanding form besides the atmosphere in the DC dressing room and 10 years in international cricket. He also commented on the importance of the upcoming series against Australia while speaking to ANI.
Shikhar Dhawan started with a couple of 20s and is now the only batsman in IPL to have scored two back to back centuries. Shikhar Dhawan says he doesn’t like to react to criticism, don’t like to take stress and have full faith in himself believing in the hard work he has done.
“I like to stay happy, don’t like to take stress. I know the hard work I have done and how fit I am and the preparations that I have done. I have full faith in me that whatever I touch I will turn it into gold,” he smiled.
Shikhar Dhawan says he had a word with head coach Ricky Ponting for failing to convert starts into big scores and the Australian coach said that he was importantly hitting the ball well as he was scoring impactful runs.
“Ricky bhai said that I was batting well and I knew I wanted to play a little fast. I had a discussion on that also with him. I was happy with the 20s and 30s because they were impactful.The moment I got fifties, I gained in confidence and then by God’s grace I scored the centuries,” he explained.
“Like, going into the first few games of the season, I didn’t have any fifty or anything so 500 runs in the season looked a distant dream. But I have been scoring 500 over the last few seasons. The idea is to keep it simple and be disciplined. Simple isn’t as simple as it sounds, you also need to be mentally strong,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan has scored in excess of 400 runs every season starting from 2016. Shikhar Dhawan has scored 5044 runs averaging a shade over 35 in 169 IPL matches with 39 fifties. He hit his first century in 2020 and became the first batsman to score two successive centuries in IPL.
Shikhar Dhawan Feels It’s Important For Team Management To Back Players
The opener feels that the Delhi Capitals management has done a great job in ensuring that the team is a happy unit both on and off the field in their quest for a maiden IPL title.
“When the team is doing well, it is a good sign and you have everyone pitching in. It is important for the team management to back the players as that brings in a sense of security and I feel we have a great support staff and management and that has ensured we are a very happy unit,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan has also completed a decade in international cricket. The cricketer says that dreams keep changing and it has been a fun ride and his wishes have finally came true to represent India.
“You know dreams change with time. Luckily by God’s grace, my wishes have come true. Thought I had the potential and have tried to give it my best. My idea is that the day I leave, I shouldn’t have anything left to give,” he smiled.
Commenting on the Australia series that follows, Dhawan said: “Will think about it when the time comes. When you are experienced, you have gone and done well, you have that confidence in you. I am confident I will go and do well there.”
The pandemic has also created a scenario wherein players have to be in a bio bubble and follow strict protocols.
“What a person thinks is what counts. I look to enjoy and while I love my family, I have been used to travelling from childhood. Just enjoy ourselves and wait for the match days,” he signed off.
He has so far 5044 runs in 169 IPL matches averaging a decent 35.02. He has 39 fifties besides his name which is second highest after David Warner.