Shikhar ‘The One’, Stirred And Shaken
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.