“I learned that through spirituality,” Dhawan said, when asked how he maintained a sense of calm through the ups and downs of his career. “You need to practice [having a calm mindset] just like you play cricket.
“It’s something I try to pass on to the youngsters as well. As cricketers we all live our dream and if you don’t live happily [despite that], What’s the point? It’s little things like these. I don’t try to let negativity creep in. I try to always be positive.”
“We don’t play much cricket [against each other], but we have all the data,” he said. “From there, we find out the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. I guess that’s where technology comes in handy. In a game, you get to know patterns pretty quickly. Even before that, we’re using technology to start our planning.”
“It’s very good news that KL is back in the team,” said Dhawan. “He is one of the main players in the Indian team and with the Asian Cup coming up, it will be a good outing for him. I am sure he will gain a lot from this tour. It is sad that Washington [Sundar] came out, it is an integral part of the sport. These things happen. I hope he recovers soon.”
Dhawan was also vocal about the fact that the IPL offered several options at the top of the order, and didn’t necessarily see them as competition. The 16-man squad has up to five opening options. Apart from Dhawan, there are Rahul, Gill, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and even Sanju Samson who played a similar role in the IPL.
“With more exposure, they’re quite confident,” Dhawan said of his younger colleagues. “Everyone is different. They have good techniques. The transition for the Indian team has been great thanks to domestic cricket and the IPL. Their confidence level is high that’s why they blend in quite quickly. international cricket. They’re doing so well. We feel good that we have so many options, so it’s a very healthy sign for us.”
Dhawan felt the upcoming three-game series was also an opportunity for Zimbabwe to show their improvements as a team. “It’s good for world cricket that we play against each other,” he said. “It will give them confidence. Our young boys will have opportunities in different conditions. It is only by playing that Zimbabwe will also improve, especially against quality teams. That is how they will learn as well. “