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.