Don't want to waste opportunities like last time: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan

"I had never faced such criticism as I did after that game. But that dismissal did change my approach towards batting. Therefore it was very satisfying when I anchored the 270-run chase against Maharashtra. I know my game better," the Delhi captain said.

A lot of Dhawan's contemporaries like Suresh Raina have established themselves in one form of the game but the left-hander doesn't have any regrets.

"I have been playing for India 'A' for th past six-seven years but I knew that the senior team was performing brilliantly. If your main team is doing well, you need to learn to wait and I was precisely doing that."

Dhawan, who got married a couple of months back to half Bengali-half-British Esha Mukherjee also credits his family's support.

"Apart from my parents and coach Tarak Sinha, my wife has been a big support and so has been my two daughters. My elder daughter is 11 years old and she told me that 'Papa I am proud of you'. That means the world to me," said Dhawan sounding a content man.

So how much of Bengali has he learnt, he chuckled, "Khub bhalo (very good) and Aami tomake valobashi (I love you) are the two words I have learnt by heart."

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