Shikhar Dhawan started his IPL season, rather slowly, but bounced back into form, rather dramatically. He scored an unbeaten 69 against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah and has not looked back since. His next scores for Delhi reads 57, 101 *, 106* as he is in the middle of a purple patch. He has scored 465 from 10 games so far and he has another chance t add to his tally against KKR in Abu Dhabi today. Before the game, Dhawan spoke about a special conversation with Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting which helped him bounce back into form.
Shikhar Dhawan Shares Pep Talk With Ricky Ponting
“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. What matters in T20s is how important those 30 runs were. I thought I was playing the role of the opener. The moment I got fifties, I gained in confidence and then by God’s grace I scored the centuries,” Dhawan explained.
He also spoke about how he set a goal for himself to score 500 runs in this season, which helped him keep going.
“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, so rather than using it as a pressure scenario, I looked at it positively and thought it is good if I achieve it, else I will try and do my best for the team” said the southpaw.
He concluded his interaction by saying that his idea is to keep things pretty simple, which can get tricky at times. He further said that he is looking to keep it simple and maintain discipline in his game.
“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,” Dhawan signed off saying.