NEW DELHI: Shikhar Dhawan is often associated with aggressive strokeplay, tons of vigour and light-hearted moments on the cricket pitch. Fans call him 'Gabbar' and go berserk when he takes a catch near the boundary line only to break into his 'thigh-five' celebration.
But there's another side of India's dashing southpaw too. and the opener spilled the beans on how he gave up listening to hard Punjabi songs to appease his senses and bring about calmness.
Speaking to Indian lifestyle coach and motivational speaker Gaur Gopal Das in an Instagram chat, Dhawan said his choice of music used to reflect on his playing also sometimes. So to cut down on his rash strokeplay, he stopped listening to aggressive songs and altered his choice.
"We get negative comments but I do not read comments. I used to hear Punjabi aggressive songs before which made me aggressive. Now I do not hear those songs anymore and I am calmer. Songs even have an impact as it did on me," Dhawan said.
"It is vital to not let the outer noise affect you. I remember once I got out for a duck in the IPL. While walking back to the Pavillion, I said to myself what did I do wrong and began analysing. on the other hand, I quickly realised if I keep sulking, it'll be there with me tomorrow also. I cannot get over a lean patch.
"So the next game I remember scoring 97. Now even though I hadn't scored that many runs, my energy was positive which is what matters. it's also important to kill the ego. Let it go. there's no shame in it," added the 34-year old.
Dhawan had earlier revealed he's trying his hand at playing the flute and honing his overall musical skills.
"Playing an instrument, the vibrations you'll be able to feel inside your body. Music gives you peace and everybody should attempt to find out how to play an instrument now especially because we've so much time to spend at home because of the lockdown," Dhawan had said while chatting with India middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer on Instagram Live.