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REVEALED: The secret behind Dhawan's success at the World Cup

March 18, 2015 08:48 IST

Shikhar Dhawan, India's leading run-scorer at the 2015 World Cup. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Team India's cricket director Ravi Shastri has played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup.

According to a team official, Shastri had a lengthy session with the opening batsman just before the start of the World Cup and it definitely helped the fiery left-hander, who is presently India's leading run-scorer in the World Cup with 337 runs, including two centuries and a half-century.

"Before the World Cup started, Ravi (Shastri) had a lengthy session with Shikhar (Dhawan) and gave him a pep talk. Those of us who have seen Ravi address the players from time to time would swear by his passionate speeches. It worked wonders for Dhawan as everyone can see," a senior member of the team's support staff said on condition of anonymity.

Shikhar Dhawan in action against South Africa. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

According to the team official, the best aspect about Shastri's pep talk was that it had nothing to do with technical nuances.

"Ravi does not talk on cricketing matters or about any technical problems that the players might be facing. Ravi made one thing clear to the players: there is a chief coach, Duncan Fletcher, and three assistant coaches in Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar, and any technical problem will be addressed by the quartet.

"For him, it's about giving time to the players, understanding what's going through their mind. In case of Shikhar, he told him that he should just play in the manner that got him runs all these days," said the official. 

Ravi Shastri in discussion with India captain Mahendra Singh. Photograph: Vipin Pawar/Solaris Images

The official also revealed that chief coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Bharath Arun normally preside over all team meetings.

"The players normally don't speak a lot at the team meetings. It's normally Duncan or Bharath Arun, who addresses the players and also reveal the homework done by them. (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni normally keeps quiet at team meetings. I have not seen him speak much at the team meetings. But, yes, he does address the team during the huddles. Normally, it's Virat (Kohli) or MS (Dhoni) who address the team but anyone can express their view at team huddle.

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