India, July 1 -- He only does things that are close to his heart. So, when he is not training to be a better cricketer, Shikhar Dhawan likes to spend time with nature, and animals.

"It's important for us to be compassionate towards those who can't talk. They have the same right to be on this planet as us," he says.

All his love and compassion is because of the fact that he has always been around dogs.

"I have three dogs in Australia. Here, at my parents home as well, there are two dogs. I had been planning to get a few at my place as well," he says. "I know I've had pedigree dogs before. But then, I have gone beyond looks and breed. I had decided that I would adopt instead of buying" he says.

So, when his wife, Aesha, showed him a photo...