Shikhar Dhawan has lately been active in social media. Dhawan feels the lockdown has given him a splendid opportunity to spend time with his family and build stronger bonds with his wife and his son.
On the cricket pitch, though, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma share a powerful bond and have been involved in match-defining partnerships for the country. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have 16 century stands between them, they are joint second with Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden in the most hundred-run partnerships just 5 century stands behind compatriots Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
Speaking about his successful partnership with Rohit in an Instagram chat hosted by Delhi Capitals, Gabbar said, “I know him from U-19 days. He was a junior by one-two years and we have camped together. We trust each other and have a great friendship, it works for us. We both know each other’s nature and characters. I know how he is exactly. It’s a proud feeling that we have done so well for India.”
“It brings positive energy and vibes when everything is in sync. Whenever I face any problem with my batting, I ask him. We have strong communication going in the middle. We travel 230 days a year together, that’s why the entire team is like a big family.”
Dhawan had spent eight years at Sunrisers Hyderabad, he joined Delhi Capitals in the last IPL. He scored 521 runs in 16 matches at an average of 34.73 for DC last season. With the opener in excellent form, Delhi Capitals made it to the playoffs last season, after seven years and finished third, going down to Chennai Super Kings in the playoffs.
Dhawan is keen on winning the trophy, he said, “I always think of winning the IPL, especially because our team is so good. The vision becomes stronger day by day. We will win the IPL and bring the trophy home. The fans truly deserve it. They have always packed the stadiums, supported us throughout. We did so well last season, will keep bettering from here on.”
Former greats of the game Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly were the head coach and mentor of the Delhi Capitals team last season. Dhawan pointed out that off the field the two legends played a big role in DC’s success.
Dhawan said, “It was a great experience with them. Both of them are legends and great captains. I learnt a lot about leadership quality from them, how they back their players and build a team.”
“They always gave the same attention to everyone, be it seniors or juniors, there was equal treatment to all. They’re always ready to put in the hard work whenever the team needed.”