Opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that he learnt from his failure during the Test series in South Africa, which proved to be a stepping stone to his success in New Zealand. Dhawan made 215 runs in four innings in New Zealand but had made just 76 in South Africa in the same number of innings.
“From South Africa, when I didn’t score that much, I analyzed my game that as a batsman, or as an opener, what shots I have to play at the start or what shots I shouldn’t play,” Dhawan told cricinfo.com. “Every pitch is different. We were playing in India a lot that time. Then when I went there (South Africa), it was a setback. I wouldn’t say a failure, but the setback helped me a lot to become a more mature player,” Dhawan added.
The 28-year-old said that he realised that he needs to start leaving the bouncers rather than trying to have a go at the short ball.
“Then I realised, ‘Okay on these kinds of tracks I need to play these kind of shots. And I have to leave bouncers (alone) at the start because the bounce is different, and it is hard to keep the ball down.’ That’s what I did and brought those things into my practice. When I went to New Zealand that practice became my instinct, and that’s how I scored big runs there.”
It has been nearly a year since Dhawan made his Test debut by hitting 187 against Australia at Mohali. Talking about the March of 2013, Dhawan said: “One year is over already. It went so quickly. Good time always flies really fast. I celebrated on my own, the first anniversary with the Indian team. It’s a great feeling. We won so many series, and of course we saw a bit of down time too.
“But that’s how it is. You see ups and downs both. It is a beautiful journey. I had a bit of a lean patch too. That lean patch made me stronger, and made me realise the areas I had to improve on. Made me a more mature player. That’s the best thing. It is a beautiful thing that I scored a lot of centuries and half-centuries.”