Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan spoke about how the game of cricket has evolved these days. He shared insights into the mindset of the younger generation and said that they want to express themselves, and seeing them, he gets inspired and asks them about it.
Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the best openers to have played for India. The lefty was the backbone of the indian team For nearly a decade, he played many famous shots and led the team to victory many times on his own.
What has been the most prominent feature of Shikhar Dhawan’s career is that he has been the main man for India in the ICC tournament. The leadoff hitter didn’t get bogged down by the pressure, as he’s put in notable performances in high-intensity games and has put his side in the dominant position.
Shikhar Dhawan recently lost his place to the young Shubman Gill in the team. The youngsters have been performing very well and are knocking on the selectors’ doors. The veteran starter has not played a single match for India this year and at 37, there is no certainty about his return.
Shikhar Dhawan, who was present as one of the special panelists present at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Official Film Launch, spoke about the change taking place and highlighted how the thought process of young players it is changing as you are more focused. in expressing yourself Shikhar Dhawan also opened up by learning a shot from No.1 ranked T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav. He explained:
“It’s really good to see it. Change is the only constant in life. You have to adapt over time. It’s lovely to see how players have come up with new strategies and new ways of thinking. Even as… we’ve been playing for a long time, we get a lot of inspiration from all the young players when they come up with some new shots, and I personally ask ‘how did you play that?
“I was asking SKY, he hit that six and I asked him ‘What do you do, man?’ So he said, ‘I just lean over and do this.’ I said I’ll try that on the networks as well because the more tools you can carry with you, the easier it becomes and it’s a wonderful mindset.”
“The thought process is expanding. Previously, our coaches used to tell us to play on the ground, you don’t have to play big shots. So, we were raised with that kind of mindset, but now when you see a youngster come in, they just go and express themselves.”
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Shikhar Dhawan went on to explain what separates the younger generation from them. He noted how they were trained to play on the ground but the new generation doesn’t feel guilty if they come out trying to hit the ball. He explained:
“So again, the main point is that when I see the younger generation, they express themselves without fear. Where else, we also express ourselves, but we had that thing because we were mentally trained that we have to play on the ground more, but the new generation, they play and express themselves very well and they don’t feel that guilt so well that ‘I came out this way’ or that one,’ so I feel like it’s the biggest change we’ve ever seen and it’s incredible.”
There have been a lot of rumors lately about Shikhar Dhawan joining the World Cup squad, particularly due to his experience and record in ICC events. It remains to be seen if he makes the team for the mega event or not.
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