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Shikhar Dhawan reveals his love for 'ghazals' in candid chat show

In a candid chat show with Vikram Sathye, India's leading opener Shikhar Dhawan talks about his inspiration and his connect with Sufi music.

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: June 12, 2017 15:31 IST ]
Shikhar Dhawan of India celebrates his century during the
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Shikhar Dhawan of India celebrates his century during the ICC Champions trophy

Shikhar Dhawan has made the biggest impact in taking Team India to the last four stage of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. With the bat, the Delhi dasher has made significant contributions in all the three matches India has played in the coveted one-day event. 

He has so far notched up two half-centuries and one hundred in the tournament which is currently being played in England and Wales. In yesterday’s match, the southpaw played a cracking inning against South Africa to help India storm into the semis. 

The 31-year old narrated some interesting moments of his career in a candid chat with comedian Vikram Sathye on the show 'What the Duck'. The show is aired on Viu, the video-on-demand service.

He also recalls the time when he made his Test debut against Australia in Mohali in 2013.

According to a media release, Dhawan on the show talked about how his nervousness was palpable as he walked out from the dressing room for his debut innings against a fearsome Australian attack.

The left-handed swashbuckling batsman also revealed how spirituality and persistence have helped him out over the years to deal with failures.

When Sathaye quizzed that how did he develop an interest in Sufi music, Dhawan said, "I started listening to Sufi music when I was 21. I only like songs with strong lyrics. I am very fond of ghazals. I like ghazals from Jagjit Singh and Sir Ghulam Ali. I have many lyrics that have inspired me from these ghazals and led me to the part of spirituality."

"Gurdas Mann Sir's song 'Mawa thandiya chawa chawa kaun karein' is very inspirational. The verse that I liked the most means the care that a mother takes of her child is compared to the shade (chawa), and you can never pay back that grace ever in life, no matter how hard you try.

"Many others like Satinder Satraj and Hans Raj Hans have written good lyrics. So I connect the meaning of these songs to my life and it keeps me calm, away from negativity and leads me to the path of spirituality," he added.

The Delhi batsman also revealed the logic behind his signature Shah Rukh Khan touch celebration style, it added.

When Sathaye asked whether his connection with Bollywood is Shahrukh Khan due to his celebration style and was it natural ?, pat came the reply, "The celebration style is natural. When I scored my first century, I naturally lifted my arms up, feeling very happy, looking at the Almighty above. That became my signature style. All these things are natural, not practiced.

(With PTI Inputs)

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