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With a spate of injuries forcing Shikhar Dhawan out of the team once again, don’t fault him to feel a little insecure. But, trust him to come back stronger once again.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 11.47 PM IST
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A couple of days before the India versus Afghanistan match in Hampshire at the 2019 World Cup, news trickled in that Shikhar Dhawan was out of the competition with a thumb fracture and would have to go back to India. Dhawan had scored a brilliant hundred against Australia and fate couldn’t be as cruel to take him out of the competition.

As the team was busy practicing, Dhawan stood alone outside the dressing room looking at his teammates. His expression was one of helplessness and resignation. He was in fine fettle and yet he wouldn’t be able to play a further part in such an important tournament. As his teammates hugged him to wish him well, it seemed sport was the most unfair thing of all.

‘Why me?’ is the natural question to ask in such a situation. Feeling depressed is a natural thing to happen. But that’s what an elite sportsperson can’t afford to do. He is also an entertainer and his emotions aren’t to be shown in public. He has to say he is looking at the rehab and is determined to come back sooner than later. While Dhawan said every bit of the above and left for India, there is little doubt that fate was playing a game with him.

“At the time of the tennis elbow in 2004-05, I couldn’t sleep at night. All I would ask for is this is not the way I wanted my career to end. I prayed to god to give me one more chance. It was hard, very hard,” said Sachin Tendulkar. Sania Mirza, who has had multiple operations in the course of her glittering career, has something similar to say.

“You can’t do much when you have to go under the knife. You have to resign to your fate and just keep tel-ling yourself you will come back stronger. There have been times when even moving my hand has been an ordeal. That’s what we sportspeople go through at times,” she recounted. Hardik Pandya, who has just had a surgery and is on a comeback trail, helps put things in context. “The day I was first told by Nitin Patel that I would have to go under the knife, my first reaction was, ‘no way’. Just no way’. That’s when he explained to me that we couldn’t manage the injury any further and there was no other alternative. I couldn’t sleep that night and kept thinking if I would ever play again,” says Hardik.

Make no mistake, it is extremely difficult to be Shikhar Dhawan at the moment. Just when you have managed to silence your critics with a match-winning 90-plus and scored two back-to-back fifties against a quality bowling attack, you get injured yet again. Many had questioned Dhawan’s presence in the side and he responded well with the bat. And just when things had started to work for him nicely, he landed awkwardly on his shoulder to be ruled out of the New Zealand series. Is it possible to keep aside negative thoughts and just undergo the rehab yet again?

With the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal waiting in the wings and with KL Rahul in the form of his life, is it not fair to say that Dhawan too will have his insecurities? However, Dhawan isn’t just any other cricketer.

Here is an athlete who has somehow learnt to take life as it is. Deep down he may well feel the pain but on the face he will continue to radiate positivity. He will continue to be defiant against all odds and battle this injury too and get ready for one more comeback. Each time he is written off, he comes back stronger. Injuries are destined to happen in sport and Dhawan knows there is no point in wallowing in self-pity and asking the ‘why me?’ question. Rather, he needs to dig deep and just cocoon himself within his comfort zone in charting out yet another roadmap to full fitness.

And with the World T20 just months away, Dhawan has every incentive to push himself that extra yard.
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)

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