Veteran Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan recently opened up about his feelings over being apart from his son Zoravar for the previous five to six months after getting divorced from Aesha Mukerji in a touching confession.
In an open conversation with Humans of Bombay, Dhawan discussed the issues he has had to overcome to stay in touch with his son while looking at the intricacies of life after divorce. The cricket player focused on the need to spend quality time with Zoravar. He also expressed a great desire to give him the fatherly love he deserves.
Dhawan’s desire to reunite with his son
A few days back, the Internet was moved to tears by cricket player Shikhar Dhawan’s heartfelt message on his son Zoravar’s ninth birthday. The captain of the Punjab Kings Indian Premier League IPL team lamented in the post that he had not seen his son in over a year.
“I didn’t feel any pain. I was merely sharing my thoughts. We haven’t spoken to each other in five months. All I was doing was venting. Since I am an emotional person, all I was trying to do was send him love. It is because if I depressingly think about him, that good energy will find its way to him”.
“I never imagined this post would get that popular. In a Humans of Bombay podcast, Dhawan stated, “I just wrote it from my heart.”
I send him texts every day, but I’m not sure if he reads or receives them. I’m not expecting anything. I’ve come to terms with it. My goal as a father is to fulfill my responsibilities. I long for him”.
“Though I’ve learned to deal with it, I still feel sad. He was only permitted to meet with me twice, and even then, for just two to three hours at a time. I want my son to be with me. I want to hug him.”
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, moved by the tragic post, posted on Instagram Stories on Thursday to show support for the cricket player.
I was deeply touched by this post. Nothing hurts more than not being able to see or interact with your child, since I am a father myself. Shikhar Hausla (Have faith)We pray for you to see your kid soon—millions of us. God bless, “wrote “Khiladi” from Bollywood.
Shikhar Dhawan: India’s greatest at ICC tournaments
Shikhar Dhawan made his name with a brilliant show in the 2004 U-19 World Cup. He scored 505 runs with three hundred. Due to the intense competition at the time, he had to wait a long time to join the Indian team.
A left-handed opener by nature, Dhawan has long been a pillar of the Delhi attack. He creates an unstoppable top order alongside Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, scoring runs at an alarming rate. Experts looked at his ability to stay in the game and play the big innings rather favourably.
With his side-on stance and minimal trigger movement, Dhawan’s cuts and drives are quite effective. Dhawan was a regular in the Indian ODI & T20I team for a long time because of his skill against spin. His ability to attack when moving down the track, and his capacity to score in big games and big tournaments.
Being an innate stroke player, Dhawan can predict the ball’s length and line ahead of time, giving him plenty of time to position himself for any shot he wants to play.
Dhawan’s dream run with Team India
The year 2010 saw him make his India debut against Australia after a run of outstanding home performances. He was the team’s replacement player, scoring a duck and failing to contribute anything for a spell of time.
But after Virender Sehwag was controversially left out following the second Test, Dhawan was awarded the India Test cap and made his debut against Australia in March 2013. He started off with a start he never would have dreamed of, racing to the fastest century ever on debut off just 85 balls, and scoring runs at will on a docile Mohali pitch.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 185 runs on his Test debut before getting out in the first innings. He is still the record holder for the greatest score by an Indian.
After going through a rough spell in 2013, Dhawan maintained his success in ODIs and won the ICC Champions Trophy in June of the same year. In just five games, he scored 363 runs, including two hundreds.
During Australia’s October 2013 tour of India, Dhawan was unrelenting in his quest for runs, smashing two fifties and a century to finish with 284 runs in six games. He carried on his great form into the home series against the West Indies, where he finished the year as India’s top run scorer.
Shikhar Dhawan has had trouble staying on top of his game in the longer format. That includes a few issues such as playing outside off and always staying alongside the ball rather than over it.