After a slow start in IPL 2020, Shikhar Dhawan seemed to have regained his rhythm as we approach the business end of the tournament. Dhawan now has two half-centuries and two centuries in his last 4 games. Even in the first few games, Dhawan had some good starts but his strike rate was a concern. There was even a time this season when everyone wanted him to make way for Ajinkya Rahane, but the side backed him and he is now delivering.
I was playing the role of the opener
In the face of all the criticism, the explosive opener was content with his contributions. He feels that those good starts were impactful and he did his role as an opener. Dhawan adds that a chat with coach Ricky Ponting proved helpful to clear his head.
“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 told ANI.
Dhawan became the first batsman to hit two consecutive centuries in the history of the IPL as hammered an unbeaten 106 against KXIP in DC’s previous game.
Tried to go out and give it my best shot
The southpaw reveals that he tried to keep things simple once he started scoring runs in the middle. Dhawan points out that once a person starts thinking about the big scores they lose sight of the present and that can backfire. He adds that his success in previous seasons worked wonders in motivating him.
“If I keep thinking about scoring centuries, I will burden myself. My idea is to go out and give it my best shot. If I give it my best, the rest will follow. That also helps to keep me mentally light. Why should I add to my expectations?” Dhawan further added.
“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,” the Delhi opener concluded.
DC will be eyeing to secure a playoff berth as they face a struggling KKR side in today’s afternoon game.