Shikhar Dhawan, one of the greatest names in the Indian Premier League (IPL), recently took over as captain of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) team from opener Mayank Agarwal.
India is poised to face the home team in a three-match ODI series after winning the T20I series against New Zealand. Shikhar Dhawan made an unusual remark about captaincy when he was chosen to lead the team in the 50-over format against the Kiwis.
Shikhar Dhawan talks about his thoughts on Captaincy
In addition, Dhawan has been named captain of the IPL’s Punjab Kings, succeeding outgoing skipper Mayank Agarwal, who was fired ahead to the mini-auction.
When speaking with ESPNcricinfo about his leadership roles, Dhawan made the brazen remark that he wasn’t “afraid” to take on the responsibility or risk losing it.
The occasional skipper is noted for his laid-back demeanour and ability to deal with difficult questions with the least amount of stress, and occasionally even a sense of humour. When challenged about the possibility of losing his leadership position, he quoted lyrics from the Hrithik Roshan film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.
“Jobs come and go, no worries. Humne khaali haath aana hai, khaali haath hi jaana hai. Yeh sab toh yahin reh jaana hai. To uska merko koi darr nahi. (We come into the world empty-handed and leave empty-handed. All this just remains here. I don’t feel any fear about losing the job),” said Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan in IPL
At the IPL mega auction, PBKS signed white-ball renegade Dhawan for INR 8.25 crore. During his first season with the PBKS team, the senior batter pounded 460 runs in 14 games at an average of 38.33.
In 206 IPL appearances, the 36-year-old has 6,243 runs. Dhawan will attempt to win another series as the captain of the Men In Blue before guiding the franchise PBKS in the IPL 2023. On Friday, Team India will face New Zealand in the first One-Day International (ODI).