Shikhar Dhawan hilariously answers reporters’ questions: The Indian opening batsman seemed jolly during the press conference.
The sight of India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scoring a half-century after nine innings during the ODI against New Zealand at Napier had come as a respite for plentiful fans who were hoping for the southpaw to come good before the ICC Cricket World Cup.
His 26th half-century might not have come in an archetype Dhawan manner but should have done his confidence a whole lot of good. Chasing 156 runs to win the match, Dhawan scored 75* (103) with the help of six fours.
Laakh Gulab laga lo aangan mein
Jeevan mein khooshboo toh Beti hi laati hai.
Wishing my princess a very happy birthday. Love you lots 😍🤗👨👧👸 pic.twitter.com/L6NeL2s9ki
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 25, 2019
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 23, 2019
Apart from belting the opposition bowlers at the top of the order, Dhawan is also known for his jocularity and sense of humour. The 33-year old cricketer has often laid emphasis on entertaining the crowd even outside of his batting.
Speaking to the media ahead of the second ODI at Mount Maunganui, Dhawan joked around for at least a couple of times, making everyone burst into laughter. The same happened when Dhawan was asked about whether he had made a change to his technique for the tour of New Zealand.
“Nahin aisa kuch nahin hai ki maine technique ya footwork par kaam kiya ho kuch. Agar kiya bhi hoga toh bataunga nahin (everyone laughs). Jab aap experienced ho jao to eh thehraav rehata hai (I haven’t worked on any footwork or technique specifically for New Zealand and even if I have, I won’t tell. Once you are experienced, your mind is calm and at ease),” Dhawan was quoted as saying.
5000 ODI runs for @SDhawan25.
He is the second fastest Indian to achieve this feat 😎😎 pic.twitter.com/LhlKjvtBRc
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 24, 2019
Being an opening batsman, Dhawan was also asked if he is told to always go for his shots or advised to play the long innings even if that means playing with a lower strike rate.
“Day-to-day depend karta hai. Jaisi meri game hai, kabhi aisa bhi hota hai ki rokna mushkil hota hai. Jis waqt main flow mein hota hun toh rokna mushkil hota hai apne aap ko. Kabhi bade tareeke aur pyaar se khelna padta hai. Aur target par bhi depend karta hai. Toh, match-to-match depend karta hai. Thoda-bahuta mood par bhi depend kar jata hai (It depends from day-to-day. Given how my game is, there are days when it is difficult to stop me. When I’m in the flow, it is difficult to stop me. At times, I have to play with patience. It also depends on the target and the match. At times, it depends on my mood as well),” the southpaw added.