Captaincy does not affect my batting: Shikhar Dhawan

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Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 13:29 [IST]
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Hyderabad, May 17: Shikhar Dhawan has said the responsibility of leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 7 has not affected his batting.

"I feel cricket is a very mental game. The batsman in me has never got bogged down after being handed the captaincy of the Sunrisers," Dhawan told IPL's official website yesterday.

'Captaincy does not affect my batting'

"When I am batting, it is not the captain who is batting, but it is the batsman in me who is facing the ball. Some people say that the pressure of captaincy affects your batting without your knowledge, but I personally have not felt it. Captaincy does not affect my batting negatively," the left-hander added.

Dhawan has not had a good tournament so far with 215 runs in 10 innings. His strike has been 115.59 with a highest score of 45.

According to the opener, his brand of captaincy is "smartness and flexibility".

"Smartness and flexibility to change plans according to the situation would be a style that I would want to employ in my captaincy. I am happy to captain the side and I am always open for discussions with my bowlers and other teammates, because at the end of the day, it is not just one man on the field who is going to win you the game. It is a collective effort that will help the side win games," he said.

The batsman from Delhi said he had learnt a lot from SRH coach Tom Moody, mentors VVS Laxman and Kris Srikkanth.

"Tom has helped me a lot and I have learnt a lot from him. Not only him, I have also got a lot of valuable inputs from VVS Laxman and Kris Srikkanth who have taught me the importance of carrying the personality and aura of a captain.

"They stress on the fact that a captain should have a command over his 11 players on the field. They are the ones who notice these small things from the boundary ropes, which are not clear to me when I am on the field. Captaincy has been a new and exciting endeavour for me and I would want to learn as much as I can and become better," he said.


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