Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has added that the mindset of the current players is quite refreshing. With the Indian Premier League increasing day by day, it has been seen that batters play fearless regardless of the format and conditions as well. However, the veteran, who has 13 years of international experience, said as quoted by The ICC, Dhawan said:
“The thought process is getting broader. Earlier our coaches used to tell us to play down the ground, you don’t have to play big shots. So, we were raised with that sort of mindset, but now when you see a youngster coming in, they will just go and express themselves. So, again, the main point is when I see the younger generation, they express themselves fearlessly.”
He continued: “We also express ourselves, but we had that thing because we were mentally trained that we have to play more on the ground, but the new generation, they play and they express themselves very nicely, and they don’t feel that guilt as well that ‘I got out this way or that way’, so I feel that is the biggest change we have seen, and it’s amazing.”
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan lost his place in Team India’s ODI side after facing a series of low scores and failing to play aggressively. And, Shubman Gill replaced him at the top of the order.
“It’s really good to see. Change is the only constant thing in life. You have to adapt with time. It is lovely to see how players have come up with new strategies and new ways of thinking. I was asking SKY, he hits that six, and I asked him ‘What do you do, man?’. So he was like, ‘I just bend, and I do this’. I said I am going to try that in the nets as well because the more tools you can carry, it gets easier, and it’s a wonderful mindset,” Shikhar Dhawan concluded.