Indian Premier League 2013 March 29, 2013

Injured Dhawan in doubt for opening IPL games

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • Naresh28 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • fifer 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!

  • 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..

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • 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...

  • Htc-Baseball 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.

  • 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".

  • kaakal 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.

  • Naresh28 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • fifer 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!

  • 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..

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • 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...

  • Htc-Baseball 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.

  • 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".

  • kaakal 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.

  • playitstraight on March 29, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    For those who called the incredible 187 knock at Mohali a fluke, you guys should just wait. The same thing was said about Virat Kohli in Australia when he did not perform, and look at him now! Dhawan surely has the potential and temperament to succeed anywhere in the world, and even his technique is superb. Plays fantastic on the back foot and front foot, leg side and off side, plays with a straight bat and has an array of strokes - from simple shots such as the cut and flick, to elegant ones like the straight drive, cover drive, square drive, etc. I'm not complaining at all. But I just hope he keeps his head down when he travels to South Africa, the conditions will be different there and he will have to learn to adapt.

  • The_Red_Cherry on March 29, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Sunrisers was already the weakest team in IPL. Now with Dhawan gone, its going to be one heck of a task triying to form a playing XI. Bowling is still decent, the batting resources are wafer thin. Barring strong individual performances by Sanga Or De Kock I'll be surprised if the team does not finish last this season.

  • on March 29, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Alexk400 u call it a fluke innings, people who have seen him bat during his U19 world cup outing whick he played with the likes of raina & Dinesh karthik, he was awesome and the highest run getter of that tournament,come on people should not speak about things which they don`t know.

  • Fluffer Nutter on March 29, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Team India needs you in Champions League!!! One of the finest batsman I have seen.

  • on March 29, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Man of Series of U19 World cup. Top scorer of Delhi Team in Ranji. Played very good opening for Delhi in IPL. and then in last season for Deccan. All are fluke ?

  • on March 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    i can say he will play at max 7 more test , cause still i feel ..187 will be his one and only century against top class (AUS) A team....

  • kuttu_143 on March 29, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    one match wonder....i think his test life span will be hardly 6 test matches...max 10....thats my words...take it...

  • on March 29, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    He is a good lion hearted young man , he needs a really good IPL to have impact on Champions Trophy Selections , with no sure opener in Team India , Dhawan can stake a claim with his good showing , ideally Pujara and Dhawan will be best for India as openers in ODI format.

  • palla.avinash on March 29, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I wish you recover completely and sadistically i want you to miss as many as possible so that u can fresh and play champions trophy for India as i see you as India's next odi opener.

  • InsideHedge on March 29, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    There's so many games - too many in fact - that missing one should be seen as a blessing in disguise. He should make sure he's 100% fit and not bow to any pressure to return prematurely. Timing one's return from injury is critical, too often players show a lack of patience.

  • on March 29, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Get well Soon Dhawan :) ... .Best Of Luck ;)

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  • on March 29, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Get well Soon Dhawan :) ... .Best Of Luck ;)

  • InsideHedge on March 29, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    There's so many games - too many in fact - that missing one should be seen as a blessing in disguise. He should make sure he's 100% fit and not bow to any pressure to return prematurely. Timing one's return from injury is critical, too often players show a lack of patience.

  • palla.avinash on March 29, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I wish you recover completely and sadistically i want you to miss as many as possible so that u can fresh and play champions trophy for India as i see you as India's next odi opener.

  • on March 29, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    He is a good lion hearted young man , he needs a really good IPL to have impact on Champions Trophy Selections , with no sure opener in Team India , Dhawan can stake a claim with his good showing , ideally Pujara and Dhawan will be best for India as openers in ODI format.

  • kuttu_143 on March 29, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    one match wonder....i think his test life span will be hardly 6 test matches...max 10....thats my words...take it...

  • on March 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    i can say he will play at max 7 more test , cause still i feel ..187 will be his one and only century against top class (AUS) A team....

  • on March 29, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Man of Series of U19 World cup. Top scorer of Delhi Team in Ranji. Played very good opening for Delhi in IPL. and then in last season for Deccan. All are fluke ?

  • Fluffer Nutter on March 29, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Team India needs you in Champions League!!! One of the finest batsman I have seen.

  • on March 29, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Alexk400 u call it a fluke innings, people who have seen him bat during his U19 world cup outing whick he played with the likes of raina & Dinesh karthik, he was awesome and the highest run getter of that tournament,come on people should not speak about things which they don`t know.

  • The_Red_Cherry on March 29, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Sunrisers was already the weakest team in IPL. Now with Dhawan gone, its going to be one heck of a task triying to form a playing XI. Bowling is still decent, the batting resources are wafer thin. Barring strong individual performances by Sanga Or De Kock I'll be surprised if the team does not finish last this season.