Why are people always judging Shikhar Dhawan?

Shikhar Dhawan Hits Back At Critics Ahead Of 1st ODI vs West Indies

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Port of Spain: Ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against the West Indies, stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan laughed about the censure of his batting form, saying that he has been hearing it for 10 years and that self-analysis and improvement matter most of him than anything else.

The 36-year-old, who is now only considered for India's  ODI team, made scores of 1, 9, and 31 not out, during the recently concluded three 50-over matches in England.

There is also chatter on social media about Shikhar being under some sort of pressure from the growing competition. India has several opening options- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, and even Shubman Gill.

"I don't feel odd, I have heard it for 10 years. People keep talking, I keep performing. If I listened to them, I wouldn't be here. I have the experience, so I am not too worried. as long as I soul searching and improve, nothing else matters", Dhawan said in his pre-match press conference.

I am a very positive person. for me, positivity is about self-belief and the confidence you take in. I have that since I have been playing for so many years. I am here because I have done some good things. That is the positivity I want to pass on to the youngsters.

"The experienced campaigner is on his second tour as full-time captain, having worked previously with Rahul Dravid on the tour of Sri Lanka last year. We have a great bond. we had been to Sri Lanka(last year) and bonded well there. There is an understanding, which is very good. I feel my energy and nature are such that we're all together", he said.  

Dhawan also feels that “doing things together” and “sharing experiences” off the field are as important as winning on the field. India has had plenty of time to bond since much of their three-day build-up since their arrival in the Caribbean has been hampered by rain, forcing them to train indoors.

“I am very excited. Whenever I get a chance to work with the youngsters, I feel I can share my experience with them. Everyone does skill work, but I like to speak about the mental aspect and bring an impact to their games,” he said.