Shikhar Dhawan, the opener for the Punjab Kings, claimed that he made a conscious effort to increase his strike rate in order to keep his place in the team.
Dhawan also acknowledged Ricky Ponting with instilling confidence in him during his time with the Delhi Capitals.
Shikhar Dhawan on his strike rate
Shikhar Dhawan is preparing to lead India in the three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand, which begins on Friday. It will not be Dhawan’s first time as captain, as he has previously led a second-string Indian team to victories over Sri Lanka (3-2), South Africa (2-1), and the West Indies. The Delhi batter claims that his decision-making has improved with time as a result of his mental fortitude.
Dhawan finished the 2020 IPL season as the second-highest run-scorer while playing for the Delhi Capitals under head coach Ricky Ponting. With four fifties and two centuries, the southpaw scored 618 runs in 17 games.
Dhawan explained that the abundance of powerful batsmen in the Punjab Kings’ lineup was the reason he decided to play an anchor position in the IPL 2022. Although he claims he can increase his strike rate if necessary.
“I knew I had to work on my strike rate. Even last year, my strike rate decreased a little, but I had to play an anchoring role because virtually all our main batsmen at Punjab Kings were aggressive. Three years ago I understood I had to increase my strike rate. I didn’t shy away from taking that risk. Also, at Capitals, I really enjoyed playing with Ricky Ponting. He put a lot of confidence in me, he appreciated even innings where I scored 15-20 runs but with a good strike rate. Ponting created a very good environment,” Dhawan said.
Nonetheless, Dhawan feels that the strike rate is situational and that batsmen must be adaptable.
“It totally depends on the situation. If the wicket is not easy to bat on, then playing aggressively makes no sense. Also, I don’t believe the role should be allotted to one batter because then there is pressure on the guy at the other end. You have to be very flexible,” he added.