IPL 2022: Shikhar Dhawan Refused To Share His Weakness With Marcus Stoinis During Delhi Capitals Practice Game - Mohammad Kaif

Updated - 09 Apr 2022, 06:57 PM

Mohammad Kaif
MOhammad Kaif for DC. Photo- Twitter

Former Delhi Capitals (DC) assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has revealed that Shikhar Dhawan had once refused to share his weakness with Marcus Stoinis, despite the two cricketers then playing for the DC franchise. Now, however, Dhawan is turning out for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Marcus Stoinis will play for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022.

Both Dhawan and Stoinis were key to DC’s run to the final of the 2020 edition of the tournament, where the side faced a defeat to Mumbai Indians. In the previous season, both stepped up again as the Capitals reached the playoffs.

Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL
Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL

However, DC didn’t retain either of them and Dhawan was bought by the PBKS in IPL 2022 mega auction, while Stoinis was drafted in by LSG ahead of the auction.

“Why Should I Tell Him (Marcus Stoinis) About My Weakness? I Have To Play The World Cup In UAE: Shikhar Dhawan Told Mohammad Kaif

Mohammed Kaif who was the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals over the past two seasons recalled an incident from a practice game during the 2021 edition of the tournament. The previous season took place in two phases; first in India and the second in the United Arab Emirates.

This incident included Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis playing for opposition XIs in a practice game Stoinis asked Dhawan about the field placements for the opener and Dhawan refused to correct him and didn’t tell him where to place the fielders as per his weakness.

Kaif told Sportskeeda: “There was this practice game going on last year. Stoinis was bowling with the new ball and Dhawan was on strike. Dhawan took a single and I was umpiring.

“So when Dhawan came to the other end, Stoinis asked him, “Should I change my field placement for you? Should I keep the fine leg up against you?”

Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL
Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL

“Shikhar said, “no, this is fine. This is a very good field.” Then Shikhar turned to me and said, “Why should I tell him about my weakness? I have to play the World Cup in UAE. Why should I discuss my weakness with the bowlers?”

Though both the players played for the same team then in the Indian Premier League and were friendly, in the end, it came down to one’s self-interest and Kaif said that he realized that no one wants to share their weaknesses with one another and called Dhawan a smart batter.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. Image Source: Twitter

“I realised that even when these guys play together, no one wants to discuss their weakness. He eventually didn’t tell him where to set the field. I did make me realise how smart a batter is,” Kaif further added.

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