He used to train Shikhar Dhawan at his Sonnet Cricket Club at Dhaula Kuan, West Delhi and thus played a big role in the emergence of the stylish southpaw. He, Dhawan’s childhood coach Tarak Sinha, never lost faith in the potential of his student, even when Dhawan was dropped from the national team. In an exclusive chat with the CrickerSoccer, Mr Sinha reveals how Dhawan took his preparation before the test series in SriLanka.
Here are the excerpts:
CricketSoccer: You must be a very proud person as Shikhar Dhawan made a blistering 190 against SriLanka at Galle?
Tarak Sinha: Yes of course. But I am not surprised at all. He was dropped from the side. But I was pretty sure of his comeback. He proved me right. Shikhar has aways been a very talented Cricketer. You can not keep him outside the team very long.
CS: Starting from IPL, Shikhar has been in tremendous form. Have you noticed any changes in his technique?
Tarak: Yes, I have seen some little adjustments and those were prescribed by me. He was very morose when he was dropped from the test side after the India-NewZealand test match at Eden Gardens. Then he came to me and urged me to help him. I made some subtle differences in his technique like setting a high backlift, position of the head while playing shots etc. He followed the instructions. And the result is in front of everybody.
CS: What was the most impressive part of his innings of 190 at Galle?
Tarak: Shikhar was aggressive from the very first ball. I thought that he will be extra cautious about his approach as Shikhar is making a comeback into the test squad after almost 10 months. But he came out to bat with a positive frame of mind. He was middling the ball quite comfortably. It reminded me of his innings against Australia at Mohali 4 years back.
CS: Have you had any conversation with him before the SriLanka tour?
Tarak: Yes. We had a long chat over the phone. He was quite sure that he will make it to the playing XI. Though it is fact that the illness of K L Rahul made his way smooth. I will say that fortune always shines over the brave heart. Shikhar deserves a spot in the playing XI. What he was doing before the SriLanka series was to watch videos of the bowling of Rangana Herath, the main weapon of SriLankan bowling attack. In the first innings at Galle, Shikhar hit Herath for as many as nine boundaries, which shows his dominance against the best bowler of SriLanka.
CS: Do you think that he has fixed his spot in the playing XI after the century in the first innings at Galle?
Tarak: He should get chance in the playing XI in test matches regularly. But it’s not that he will face no competition. Once Murali Vijay and Rahul get fit, they will be his tough competitors. But Shikhar has the ability to come on the top. What he has to do now is to only score runs every time he gets into play. I’m sure he will do that.