Sikar Dhawan was one of the special panelists at the official film launch of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 hosted by social media giant Meta in Mumbai on Thursday 20 July.
The thrilling film It Takes One Day depicts the raw emotions experienced by fans and players as top cricket talent and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan narrates the specially conceived CWC23 ‘Navarasa’.
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The 37-year-old Indian batsman has 13 years of international cricket experience, but his quest for new knowledge never stops. He expressed his views on the biggest changes we are seeing in the way cricket is played today, highlighting the younger generation’s ability to think and express themselves.
“I’m really happy to see you. Change is the only constant in life. You have to adapt over time. “It’s nice to see the players coming up with new strategies and ways of thinking,” Dhawan said.
“Even though we’ve been playing for a long time, I get so inspired when young players come up with new shots. I personally ask, ‘How did you play?'”
Dhawan shared the case of trying to learn one of Slyakumar Yadav’s shots.
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“When I asked SKY, he hit that 6, so I asked him, ‘What are you doing? So he was like, “Let’s bend over and try it.”
Dhawan compared his early days in cricket to how pioneering today’s approach and young minds are.
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“The thought process is bigger. Our coaches used to say play on the ground, you don’t have to play with a big ball.” We grew up with that mentality, but now when you see young people coming in, they just try to express themselves.
“The most important thing when you look at the younger generation is that they are expressing themselves without fear. Where else can they express themselves? But we were mentally trained to play more on the floor, so we had that, but the new generation play and express very well and anyway they don’t feel guilty for coming out.
Dhawan has represented India 34 times.
He has scored 1238 runs in the Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017, the Cricket World Cup in 2015 and 2019, and has made more than 10,000 international runs in tests, 167 ODIs and 68 T20Is, and has won more than 50 international ICC tournaments.