Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan thanked all his teachers and mentors on the eve of Guru Poornima on July 16. Taking to Twitter, the left-handed opener shared pictures of various mentors and coaches that he has worked with over the years and in various teams, he has been a part of.
Dhawan whole-heartedly thanked all his mentors and coaches who had guided, trained and nurtured him, allowing him to reach top-form in his professional career for the Men in Blue. Dhawan made a special mention of his childhood coach Madhan Sharma, whom he referred to as his brother.
Here's the tweet posted by Dhawan:
The opener shared a collage of him with multiple senior cricketers that have captained or coached him. Dhawan played under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the time when he rose to popularity as an opening batsman. The left-hander also worked with former Indian batsman VVS Laxman during his stint with the IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting also found himself in Dhawan's message as he has coached the Delhi Captains which Dhawan was a part of as of the previous edition of the IPL.
India's head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar have constantly supported, encouraged and nurtured the opening batsman, allowing him to be in his prime form minus the injury concerns. Dhawan also included a picture of Yuvraj Singh in the collage, paying respects to the former left-handed all-rounder for guiding him and helping him build his game.
The fiery left-hand opener has played 130 One Day International matches (ODI) scoring 5480 runs, being the most consistent opener for India along with fellow opener Rohit Sharma, with whom he shares a dynamic partnership.