Star opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to make his full-time captaincy debut in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. He will be seen leading Punjab Kings in IPL 2023. However, ahead of the much-awaited season of the IPL, Dhawan talked about his personal life for the first time ever since he got separated from his wife.
While Dhawan is highly content with what he has achieved and secured about where he stands compared to his competitors in the race for Team India, however, off the field he has been enduring a tough phase – his separation from his wife, Aesha Mukherji.
Shikhar Dhawan On His Failed Marriage
For the unversed, Dhawan got married to Melbourne-based amateur kickboxer Aesha Mukherji in 2012 after falling in love. Ayesha is 12 years older than Dhawan and she already had 2 daughters from her first marriage. Dhawan and Aesha also have a son named Zorawar in 2014, however, the couple parted ways with each other in September 2021.
In an interaction with Aaj Tak, Shikhar Dhawan for the first time talked about his failed marriage. He said:
“I failed because the final decision is the person’s own. I don’t point fingers at others. I failed because I was not aware of that field. The things I talk about cricket today, I wouldn’t have been aware of the same 20 years back. It comes with experience.”
Dhawan claimed that if in the future, he decides to marry again, he will see things from his experience, and on the basis of that he will decide what to do and what not. He said:
“Right now my divorce case is going on. Tomorrow, if I want to marry again, I will be much more wiser in that field. I’ll know what kind of girl I need; someone whom I can spend my life with,” he said. “When I was 26-27 and I was continuously playing, I was not in any relationship. I used to have fun, but was never in a relationship.”
“So, when I fell in love, I couldn’t see the red flags. But today, if I fall in love, I will be able to see those red flags. So, if I see those red flags, I will walk out. If not, I will carry on,”
Further, Dhawan was asked about the advice he would like to give to the youngsters. Responding to this, Dhawan said:
“Youngsters, when they get into relationships, they need to experience it. That’s important. They should not take an emotional decision in haste and get married. Spend a couple of years with the person and see whether your cultures match and whether you enjoy each others’ company.“