Shikhar ‘The One’, Stirred And Shaken

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS - By Aasheesh Sharma

Sufi singing is meant to be a gate­way to The One. Tak­ing Shikhar Dhawan to the dar­gah of Hazrat Niza­mud­din Auliya sounds like a tran­quil ex­er­cise. But then you come across thou­sands (yes, there were a few thou­sand star-crazed rau­cous fans) try­ing to take self­ies with the ex­plo­sive bats­man. One needs all the equa­nim­ity of a Sufi saint or a zen war­rior to not get run over by fans shriek­ing and at­tempt­ing to get closer to a cricket celebrity.

But talk­ing Sufi mu­sic with Shikhar turned out to be more ex­cit­ing than a T20 match. He comes across as un­pre­ten­tious, happy and warm. It isn’t dif­fi­cult to imag­ine the fleet-footed south­paw break into a dervish dance lis­ten­ing to Mohe peer payo Niza­mud­din Auliya! But that’ll be an­other story, for an­other time.

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