The current Indian team is blessed to have several world-class batsmen. From Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli to Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, the management have the problem of selecting the final XI in any of the three formats. The team’s leadership speaks volumes about itself as Kohli and Rohit, the two of the most prolific batsmen in world cricket, have also broken several records in the last few years.
Recently, Dhawan was asked to choose the batsman he likes to watch among Rohit and Virat.
“Everyone is special. That’s how you create a team. Every individual is different. Their individuality is very, very important, that helps the team. So everyone brings his own spirit to the team.
“Rohit, at the start, takes his time. Once he gets going, no one can beat him. Whereas Virat’s consistency and class are amazing.
“I feel very lucky that I have been part of this era,” the left-handed opening batsman said while speaking to India Today.
Revealing how he keeps himself ‘mentally positive’, Shikhar Dhawan said he has stopped comparing himself with his teammates after finding that this habit was creating a negative impact on his game.
“I used to compete with my teammates, with other openers. So I started comparing myself with them, and the end result was that I started feeling jealous. I wanted them to do well, but I wanted to be better than them. Ultimately I took a step back and realized that I have achieved all my dreams.
“At the same time, I was missing real happiness in my life as I was always in a chase. I wanted to achieve more; I had more potential. Thus I don’t compete with anyone anymore, whether I play cricket for two days or two years it doesn’t affect me anymore.
“External circumstances don’t affect my inner peace. The way you practice your skills, you have to practice your mindset as well. I make sure I think positively, I live in gratitude and abundance, and I enjoy that. I love learning this mindset and spreading the same.
“That’s why maybe you like that energy of mine. Even if I get out on zero, I stay positive, of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t analyze it. I analyze it and understand the mistake I made, but if I have to overcome that failure, only positivity can make it better. It’s all about energy, that’s where yoga helps me physically & mentally,” the southpaw added.
Dhawan was supposed to play for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but the tournament has currently been suspended for an ‘indefinite period’ amid coronavirus pandemic.