Shikhar Dhawan reveals his wife Ayesha’s involvement in his game
The southpaw also says that he consoles when she gets angry because of his bad form.
Updated - May 17, 2019 7:36 pm
His team might have met a disappointing end despite playing well and making it to the playoffs after seven years but Shikhar Dhawan is never bailed out of the jovial mood. The ace opener who will now undertake the massive responsibility of launching the innings for India at the ICC World Cup recently revealed something from her family quarters and it was definitely funny.
The 33-year-old southpaw who had a productive World Cup last time he had played it in Australia and New Zealand with two centuries, said how keen and interest his wife Ayesha takes in his game. In fact, she becomes so serious and involved in it that Dhawan has to calm her down telling: “Itna gussa toh mera coach bhi nahi hota (even my coach doesn’t get this angry)”.
“I discuss my cricket with her. We have intense discussions on how I am going about it. Sometimes she gets so involved and excited If I don’t play well that I need to calm her down,” Dhawan, fondly called “Gabbar” was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Dhawan believes in keeping the intensity inside
Dhawan, who had yet another successful stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year with 521 runs from 16 matches with five fifties, was speaking to the Daily ahead of the World Cup. During the talk, he also said that he preferred to hide his emotions and nurture the intensity inside him. This is something that Dhawan had said earlier too when he had a bad patch in the Test series in England last year. He remained cheerful even when the critics slammed him for his repeated failures in the opening slot.
Dhawan mentioned a specific Hindi word “thehraav” which means the state of mental ability. “When I talk about thehraav, I still like to have fun the way I did during my Ranji days. I take my wife around for fun bike rides any time I want,” he said. Even though the man has been discarded from India’s Test team with the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal having emerged but he remains an important cog in the wheel as far as India’s limited-over fortunes are concerned.