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Arjun Bhalla ∙ Nov 23 2022, 10:45 AM

Shikhar Dhawan talks in his usual self while commenting about captaincy


image-latew5vgDhawan has been India in ODI in absence of Rohit Sharma

One of the prime pillars of Indian batting, Shikhar Dhawan gathered a lot of limelight when the Indian openers failed to deliver during the T20 World Cup 2022. The prolific opener has been spreading a lot of time with the fresh crop of Indian cricketers, of late, as the BCCI has been sending two sides on tours simultaneously.


The 36-year-old is currently in New Zealand with the Indian ODI team as their captain, in the absence of the regular captain Rohit Sharma, deputy captain KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Head Coach Rahul Dravid.

The experienced southpaw, who recently earned the reigns of Punjab Kings, is regarded as one of the calmest heads in the current circuit.

Dhawan while talking to ESPNcricinfo in an interview has given insights into his captaincy mantras.


"I have only led India on three or four tours and my stint so far has been pretty good. Wherever I am leading, an emotional bond is very important. When you have that, ladke chaand maarte hain aap ke liye phir [players will get the moon for you]," Dhawan cited.


The Punjab skipper also took a dig at his former franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad, before telling how he would be dealing with it in the Indian Premier League. 


"I still feel that you should be given a full season of captaincy. If I had known that I was being given the captaincy for only half the season, I wouldn't have taken it. 

"Jobs come and go, no worries. I don't feel any fear about losing my job. I'm the captain, I don't want to put that load on myself. I will just play the game based on our team goals, based on what the team demands, what it needs."


Dhawan thus far in his career has played 263 international games. However, his spot for the forthcoming World Cup could be in a muddle as players like Shubman Gill are doing wonders; while the experienced pro is seeing a dip in form. 


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