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Every cricketer has to plan his life after retiring from the game. Some players choose to remain connected with cricket through doing commentary or getting a job in the cricket administrative field while some start their own business. Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has also planned for the second innings of his life after hanging his boots.
Team India’s opener is a regular feature for the Indian team in white-ball cricket. However, his place was in danger in T20I format after KL Rahul showed his masterpiece as an opener when Dhawan was out of action because of injury. But undoubtedly, he has a lot of cricket left in him.
Dhawan’s retirement plan:
While talking with Ravichandran Ashwin on his Instagram live show Reminisce with Ash, Dhawan revealed that he would choose commentary as his profession after he calls his day from cricket. He added that he has a good command over Hindi and his sense of humour would make him apt for the job. He further also said that he could also become a motivational speaker.
“I have got a very good sense of humour. The day I enter commentary, I will be very good at it, in Hindi especially. My Hindi timing is (good) and my sense of humour is very very sharp. I will do it with a lot of love. I have a lot of options. I have a flute If I want to become a motivational speaker, then I will take my flute alongside me. I have so many tools to play around with,’ Dhawan said.
Having a Hobby as a cricketer is very important: Shikhar Dhawan
Dhawan, who has represented India in 136 ODIs and 61 T20Is so far, has also a hobby of playing the flute in his leisure time. Although players have a busy life, the southpaw feels every player should have a hobby because it helps them to keep their mind calm and relaxed.
“I used to listen to flute music, even if someone plays on the road. I used to be there and wait and finish listening. I thought I would learn something. I started taking online classes. It’s been 5 years. I feel very happy now. I enjoy playing it. As cricketers, we say we don’t have time but we do have free time.
“Everyone should have a hobby. It keeps your mind calm, that is very, very important,” the left-handed opening batsman said.
The 34-year-old Shikhar Dhawan last played for India in the ODI series against Australia at home. He sustained a shoulder injury during that series and was dropped from the team in the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand. He was set to make a comeback after recovery in the ODI series against South Africa, but because of the global pandemic, the series got postponed.