Shikhar Dhawan: Mature as a captain – will take tough decisions: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan:  Team India will play ODI series against New Zealand from November 25. Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Indian team for this series. Dhawan was appointed as the captain of the second-tier team for the first time when they went on a tour of Sri Lanka in June last year. Also this month, the management of Punjab Kings appointed Shikhar Dhawan as the captain of their team instead of Mayank Agarwal. 

How will Dhawan lead the team as the captain of the Punjab team? What are his strengths as the leader of the Indian team? How does he ensure that the burden of leadership does not fall on his batting? Dhawan answered many such questions. 

Punjab Kings About captaincy

‘Last year, the journey of Punjab Kings did not go as we thought. We did not play well that season. But this time we want to do our best. Punjab Kings team was strong on paper last year. But this time we are strong on paper and on the field. There is a need to analyze past mistakes and come back stronger. And there is no need to carry the past. As a captain I have to create a comfortable environment for the players. Don’t get stressed. If the players are given freedom, the results will be good. Also practice, hard work and playing well is all we have in our hands. Don’t think about the result. So this time we will try to give our best. So far every team I have been in the IPL has reached the final at least once. So this time Punjab Kings will also reach the final and receive the cup, Dhawan clarified that we want to do our best. 

About leading the Indian team

Being the captain of the team has many responsibilities. Think about the team as a whole, not about you. Many things have to be taken care of. But I am a very calm person. Don’t do any unnecessary thoughts. I always get along with the team. That’s my nature. This will benefit me as a captain.  My strengths on the field are my presence of mind, my composure and maturity in taking decisions. We should be able to ensure that there is no pressure on the players.’ He said. 

‘Also I played a lot of cricket. I gained experience through it. How to be on the field. I know how to deal with stressful situations. The more we play, the more we believe in ourselves. Maturity comes in decisions. Sometimes mistakes can happen in the match. How to overcome them. I learned through experience how to keep teammates motivated. I always dreamed of captaincy. Now I got it. I won series against West Indies and South Africa under my captaincy. I am confident that the Kiwis will play well and win the series. We will try in that direction’ said Dhawan. 


Shikhar Dhawan is getting ready to lead India in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting Friday.#INDvsNZ

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