Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has expressed that he is not bothered about the criticism that he faces every time he fails to play a big knock for India. He added that he would not have reached this stage in life if he would have let the criticism affect his game. Dhawan is all set to lead India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies.
Speaking on the eve of the first ODI match, Shikhar Dhawan shared his thoughts on the constant criticism that he faces in his career. He stated that he does not focus on the opinions of the critics. The 36-year-old added that he self-analyzes and looks to improve his game. Dhawan said at the pre-match press conference,
“I don’t feel strange. Have been hearing it for 10 years now. They keep saying, I keep playing. It doesn’t matter to me. If it did, I wouldn’t have been here today. Everyone has their own opinions, but I know my job and what I need to do. I have been doing this for so many years and I don’t take a lot of tension after a couple of failures. I self-analyze and look to improve. That’s what matters to me.”
Shikhar Dhawan had a brilliant series against South Africa earlier this year, scoring 169 runs in three matches, including two half-centuries. He recently played in the three-match ODI series against England, but could not make much of an impact. The veteran batter will be keen to get back to his best in the upcoming series against West Indies.
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I always love to share my experience with youngsters: Shikhar Dhawan
The BCCI has rested regular skipper Rohit Sharma and other senior players for the ODI series against West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan will become the seventh player to lead India this year. Talking about his new role for the Indian team, the opening batter expressed that he is excited to work with the youngsters in the team. He said,
“I am very excited. When I get a chance to work with youngsters, I feel I can share my experience with them. Especially the mental aspect of how one can grow. I always love to share it and bring an impact in their game.”
The first ODI between India and West Indies is all set to place on Friday, July 22 at the Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.