Indian Premier League 2013 March 29, 2013

Injured Dhawan in doubt for opening IPL games

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shikhar Dhawan is likely to miss at least the opening match for Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he recovers from his hand injury sustained while fielding during the recent Mohali Test against Australia. Dhawan fractured his left hand and was ruled out for six weeks, keeping him out of the fourth Test in Delhi. Sunrisers play their first game on April 5 against Pune Warriors.

"Shikhar Dhawan at this stage will not be available for the first game. We are obviously working closely with the BCCI and the medical team with regard to his progress," Sunrisers coach Tom Moody said before the team's first official training session in Hyderabad.

"We are hoping that within a couple of weeks he will be available to join the team."

Dhawan had made history in Mohali, his 187 being the fastest by a debutant in Tests. His knock opened India's chances for pushing for a win in a high-scoring game, despite the opening day being washed out. He hurt his hand on the fourth day of the Test but wasn't required to bat during the second innings.

Dhawan was the leading run-scorer for Deccan Chargers - as it was previously known before the ownership changed - in the 2012 season, scoring 569 runs with five fifties. He was one of the few positives in what was a forgettable campaign for the team, which finished second from last.

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  • Naresh on April 5, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Imagine Dhawan and Chand in the next ODI W/C. These are two talented players and hope the selectors turn to these youth for next WC. Amazing batting talent keeps coming up from India. At one stage we were been condemned to the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the Test games.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Stop with the extension Deccan after Hyderabad. There is only one Hyderabad in India and the IPL is being played in India.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    I agree Dhawan's 187 was no mean feat. It was an innings filled with flamboyance and was flawless. I do reserve my comments about equating him with Matthew Hayden till I see him play in South Africa or Australia.

    Coming to the IPL, yes this is the weakest team and I hope they dont roll over easily against the likes ok RCB or CSK...lets see.

  • Sai on March 30, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Hope he'll recover soon. gonna be a great asset for team india as an opener. i can see a lot of dada fans crying here, go cry somewhere else losers!

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    More of a fluke...he will get belted in South Africa..Steyn & company will make mincemeat out of him..

  • Deepak on March 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    @kuttu_143 - I kept crying out only two names during the disastrous home Test series against England. One was Ambati Rayudu and the other was Shikhar Dhawan. Trust me, Dhawan could go on to become the next Matt Hayden. The debut innings was no fluke and I'll be proved right once he steps out to bat again. I sure know how to spot a talented player. Rahane (who most people cry about) is not good enough for international cricket as yet. I hope Rayudu gets a chance one day. Dhawan and Rayudu can fit into ANY team in the world. They are that much talented.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I can't seem to find enough to fill up the Indian 7 with Dhawan out...for the 4 foreign players, it will have to be 3 bats for sure and of course the best there is Mr. Styen...

  • kanas on March 30, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Sunriser's team is a joke. Agglomeration of a bunch of banal players..But Dhawan ll be huge to the team's progress if at all they make a progress. Sanga Steyn Dhawan and ishanth is all they have got.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    This is the trouble with international cricket: too many injuries at wrong time. This will hurt IPL. It's time to make a rule that "no cricket for two months before IPL".

  • Prabhu on March 30, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Fluke of 187 ?.... give me a break.. already established Kohli cud not.. what about Ajinkya rahane?.. One who has compiled 5k plus in first class been performing since under 16.... Cricketing skills compare him with Gauti. who is better ? did his 187 have any streaky shots ?.. Murali Vijay was more seasoned than Shikar.. why did he not show a dominating batting in the partnership. I have been crying loud this bloke s name for a while during friendly cricket discussions. Definitely shikar is here to stay long.... Pujara and Shikar are talented enuf to improvise according to conditions in my view.

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