IPL is about fours and sixes, says Shikhar Dhawan

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener is an integral part of India’s top order by virtue of playing in all the three formats of the game. As a veteran of the league, Shikhar Dhawan is concentrating on adapting to the new challenges that T20 cricket and give his best to SRH.

Shikhar Dhawan has an aggregate of 3561 runs in 127 matches in IPL.   -  R. Ragu

Shikhar Dhawan realises he is expected to perform big deeds in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener is an integral part of India’s top order by virtue of playing in all the three formats of the game. As a veteran of the league, he is concentrating on adapting to the new challenges that T20 cricket and give his best to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The IPL had evolved. So has Dhawan. “It’s one of the biggest cricket tournaments. Every player wants to come and play in the IPL. That’s the biggest thing for them. It’s a big charm,” said Dhawan, brand ambassador for Alcis Sports, a sportswear brand.

Reflecting on his IPL stint, Dhawan observed, “I have played all the ten editions and I have gained from the experience. Ten years is a long time and I still want to continue in the same spirit. I want to do well for myself and my side.”

Dhawan has an aggregate of 3561 runs in 127 matches in IPL. Many batsmen believe it is not just about fours and sixes but Dhawan differs. “It’s about fours and sixes. In T20 what else do you want to see. People don’t come there to see batsman play defensive. They want batsmen to score quick runs and bowlers to take quick wickets. That’s what the format demands.”

On the forthcoming tournament, Dhawan maintained that success and failures are “part and parcel of the game.” He insisted, “It’s not possible for everyone to click every time. I never lose hope. I look to stay fitter and grab every little chance that comes my way. I want to enjoy the game.”