Opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand from Friday. He added that his calm and kind nature as a person helps him lead on the field. Dhawan captained India for the first time on the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2021, where India won the ODI series 2–1. He then led India to a 3–0 series win over the West Indies in July and then a 2–1 series win over South Africa in October.
"My calmness on the field is a great strength as a captain. Being calm and composed allows me to lead well. Then I can handle things comfortably (easily) without panicking," he added. Mistakes can happen during a match. But how to minimize that and make sure the boys are motivated so that they can get us out of pressure situations, that's what I learned."
Dhawan further told ESPN Cricinfo, "I always think about doing better as a captain, and thank God I have become accustomed to captaincy. I was the captain against the West Indies and South Africa, and Such an amazing series was won."
Asked how being calm and composed as a captain has benefited him now, Dhawan said, "When you become a captain, you have a lot of responsibilities. You have to think about the whole team. , how to keep the atmosphere good. That's what I did. There is no need to think too much because even as a player, I always blend in easily with the group. That has been my nature and that has helped me as a captain now. benefited as such."
Dhawan listed the presence of mind, smartness, and decision-making as his other essentials as a captain.
The 36-year-old Dhawan was recently named captain of the IPL team Punjab Kings, which had missed the playoffs in the last four seasons of the tournament. Asked how he would make a mark as a captain of the Punjab team, Dhawan said he would not carry the burden of the team's past failures.