Hyderabad v Pune, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 4, 2013

Dhawan's absence chance for others - Sangakkara

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kumar Sangakkara, the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, said that while the team would be affected by the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, his injury would offer a younger player a chance to perform. Dhawan fractured his finger while fielding in the third Test against Australia in March.

"I think it is a huge loss," Sangakkara said. "I watched him scoring that magnificent century for India against Australia in his debut Test. But, we have replacements who are probably good enough to do the job and we are excited to give that opportunity to a younger guy."

In the absence of Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, the former India wicketkeeper, is likely to shoulder the responsibility of opening the innings along with Sangakkara. "If you look at my career, I batted in almost every position. I am ready for any challenge," Patel said.

Sangakkara also said their first match against Pune Warriors would help the new team understand where it stands and use it as a reference point for further improvement.

"We just want to keep things as simple as possible, play some good cricket, be very competitive in this tournament and then once we played the first match, then we will understand more, probably better, where we are at the moment and build from there again," he said.

Amit Mishra, the team's legspinner, who struggled with his fitness during the last IPL, was also upbeat about the new season. "In the last edition I rushed into the IPL after an injury. I was not fully fit. This time I come into the IPL with decent performances in domestic cricket. Being one of the top five bowlers in the IPL gives me great pleasure."

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  • Mohan on April 5, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Agree with Johnathonjosephs on (April 5, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

    Perera's was the match-winning performance. His 30 runs, 2 wkts, 1 run-out was extremely critical for the win.

  • Johnathon on April 5, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Mishra had an amazing bowling performance, but how did he win man of the match when compared to Perera? Perera top score for his side in the match (and top scored more than highest scorer for Pune Warriors) at a strike rate of 170 when the rest of the players struggled to get above 120. He then took the first 2 wickets which initiated a collapse, and then ran out Mitchell Marsh just when he was looking dangerous?

  • Isuru on April 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @5udh33r-are you sure sanga is not good captain?????

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Four Overseas Players must be Steyn,Sanga,Sammy,Perera

  • sudheer on April 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Sangakkara is not good captain neither he is good 20/20 player.Sunrisers should buy someone like Kevin Petersen(May be next season) and make him captain.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Quinton will join team only after his final game in SA domestic arena

  • keve on April 5, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Pune warriors have a better squad than Hyderbad by far. Hyderbad does not have even duminy.

  • Pad on April 5, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Two Sri Lanakan captains going against each other. Sanga has a better team than Mathews. Unless Mathews pull-out something classy today.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 6:02 GMT


    1.Parthiv Patel (wk)-28 2.Akshat Reddy-22 3.Sangakkara-35 (C) 4.Hanuma vihari-19 5.Cameron White-29 6.Ravi Teja-25 --- FOR BATTING** key players are SANGA & WHITE- to guide whole batting.

    7.Ashish Reddy-22 8.Tishara Perera-24 --- ALL ROUNDERS** Tishara will ROCK

    9.Amit Mishra-30 10.Steyn-29 11.Ishant Sharma-24 --- FOR BOWLING*** Definitely Steyn get support from ISHANT...(not there in last IPL)