No, Shikhar Dhawan doesn't have a twin, that's his double.
NEW DELHI: That international cricketers are some of the most popular people in the world is no secret. It is not surprising that countless people around the world want to emulate them. But then some take that obsession to another level. And if your facial features match those of a Cricket player, it only adds to that obsession.
The Indian Cricket players and their doppelgangers have been starters in recent years. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Virat Kohli have fans who are very much like them and who groom and comb their hair to look and act more like their most famous characters.
Now you know Shikhar Dhawan Doppelganger. Ram Bahadur, 27 years old.
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In an exclusive interview with Timesofindia.com, the 27-year-old Ram Bahadur, who hails from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh and works as a computer operator in Lucknow, spoke about his mad obsession with Shikhar Dhawan, interesting anecdotes thanks to his looks and meeting the Indian left-hander and his family. Interestingly, it wasn't he who realized that he looked a lot like Dhawan, but someone else.
The story behind the resemblance
This happened in 2013 when Ram Bahadur went to a nearby hair salon.
“After giving me a haircut, the barber said‘ bhaia, aap to bilkul Shikhar Dhawan ki tarah lagte ho (Brother, you resemble Shikhar Dhawan). I've convinced me and twirled my mustache and asked me to look in the mirror. He showed me Shikhar sir’s picture as well. I looked into the mirror and came home. I bought a poster of Shikhar sir and glued it to my wall. I looked in the mirror again and again. I was happy that I resembled a Cricket ing icon. That's how my madness for him began, ”Ram Bahadur told TimesofIndia.com.
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“Since then, I've only been to the same room. I don't go to any other hair salon. I visit the salon at least twice a week, mainly because of the mustache. I do what Shikhar sir does. He is God to me. I can do anything for him, ”he said.
“I follow him very closely. I follow his clothing style, hair, beard and mustache. And I apply the same to myself. As I said, he is a God to me. Every time I meet him, I call him God. He asked me to call him bhaia (brother) but I refused. He is my God, he said.
I can't buy expensive clothes like him. But somehow I managed to find similar clothes. He once posted his photo wearing a Dhoti (a men's undergarment on the Indian subcontinent). I looked it up all over Lucknow but couldn't find it. Someone told me that I can get a similar type of dhoti in Varanasi. I booked my ticket, went there and bought one for myself, said Ram Bahadur.
I also have a tattoo inked on my forearm which says - My God Shikhar Dhawan, he said.
Knowing your God
Ram Bahadur's obsession with Dhawan may have started in 2013, but it took him two more years after meeting his idol. In 2015, Bahadur, born in the UP, had the opportunity to meet Dhawan during an IPL match between Hyderabad Sunrises and Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals of Delhi ).
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“It was a hot and humid day in Raipur on May 9th. I went to watch the Sunrisers vs Delhi match. I was waiting for the team bus outside the stadium. When the team bus arrived, I was very happy to see Shikhar, sir. I crossed my hands. He looked at me and came out and hugged me. That was my first meeting with him and a memorable one. I was so exhausted and tired, but after the meeting I can't tell you how I felt, said an emotional fanatic.
“We started talking to each other on Instagram and messages. The best thing is that he always responds to my greetings, ”he said.
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I went to meet him a day before the India vs New Zealand match in Kanpur (in October 2017). I entered the stadium. I was running and practicing in the stadium. I screamed God. He looked and came. He greeted me with a smile and asked did you get the match ticket? I said no. He asked me to go to his hotel and collect the tickets. I went to his hotel at night and he gave me the tickets, ”Ram Bahadur told TimesofIndia.com.
“When he met me, I started crying in front of him. I couldn't hold back my tears after seeing him up close and personal. Then she hugged me tight in front of everyone. He also introduced me to his family, ”said the fan.
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Since then, every time there is an India match, I don't have to fight for a ticket. He has always arranged one for me, he said.
Before each game, he plays, I seek his blessings and only then do I sit in the stadium, said the 27-year-old.
Every time he catches, I always do his kabaddi-style wicket celebration from the stands, he said.
Interesting incidents thanks to his resemblance with Shikhar Dhawan
Ram Bahadur does not miss a single match at home when Dhawan is playing. He makes sure to book his train or bus tickets well in advance to see his idol bat.
Dhawan super fan Ram Bahadur shared a couple of incidents when he was mugged by the public in the stadiums.
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“I travelled to Delhi for the 2019 IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Capitals of Delhi . I was watching Shikhar Dhawan bat. When he got out, I walked towards the balcony because I wanted to see him. The crowd looked at me after some time. They thought Shikhar had come up and mobbed me. I had to scream that I am not Shikhar Dhawan , I am his fan. There were fans in large numbers and they mobbed me. They started taking selfies with me and asking for my autograph. I suffered a sprain in my left leg because of that incident,” Ram Bahadur told TimesofIndia.com.
I would like to share one more incident. Last year, I went to Delhi to meet him ahead of the IPL. I went to Fierce Shah Kotla stadium, but couldn't find him. I clicked my selfie with his portrait at the Kotla ground and sent him a message that ‘God, I want to meet you. I am in Delhi. ’ I replied immediately and asked me to come to Gurgaon as he was busy on a shoot. He sent me his location. I reached the destination and contacted him again. He said wait at the location for 30 to 40 mins, as he was taking a break. I was standing where he was shooting. All of a sudden, the make-up artist and crew came with a chair and some snacks and started apologizing. They thought I was Shikhar sir and they were keeping me waiting. They said ... ‘sir you were supposed to come after 40 minutes, you are early’. I had to tell them that I am his fan not the Cricket er Shikhar Dhawan. When Shikhar sir came, I have introduced me to everyone. Everyone took selfies with me, he said.
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Not only in the Cricket stadium, some incidents happened with me at wedding ceremonies as well. Two years back, I attended a wedding. That time I had a twirled mustache like Shikhar sir. I got ready and wore a kurta-dhoti for that wedding. When I entered, some children started shouting ‘Shikhar Dhawan aya hai, Shikahr Dhawan aya hai’, ”he said.
The Zoravar connection
When Ram Bahadur and his wife were blessed with a baby in 2018, they named him Zorawar, after Shikhar's son.
Shikhar-Fan9-Embed0505 Ram Bahadur with his son and Shikhar's son Zoravar.
It was pre decided. If it had been a girl, he would have called her Aliyah. I called my son Zoravar. I said the same to Shikhar sir. I was so happy and blessed the little one, ”he said.
On the birthdays of Shikhar sir (December 5) and Zoravar (December 26), I order cakes and buy blankets and distribute them to the poor, Ram Bahadur signed.