IPL 2017: Virat Kohli’s absence good for us, says Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that the absence of injured skipper Virat Kohli could be a factor that would help the defending champions against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener on April 5.However, he also warned his teammates that there are other seasoned campaigners like AB de Villiers in the visiting side, who have the capability to hurt them.”We are not relaxed and we are looking forward to the first game. Of course, Virat is one of the biggest players in their side. He leads from the front and had an exceptional year last year.”It’s good for us that he (Kohli) is not there for us. But still, there are big guns in their side. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson are there. We are preparing well and we are on our toes actually to start on a winning note,” he said.Having spent a few months out of the Indian team, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan today said he would look to perform well in domestic competitions, including in the IPL, so that he can be in the reckoning for the national side once again.Dhawan, who began his Test career in a match against Australia in 2012-13 by scoring the fastest century by a debutant, said he felt sad over not being part of the Indian team against Australia.”I was a bit sad because I feel I got that ability to play international cricket. Nothing that it’s Australia or any other side. I would love to be back in the national side. For that, I would love to perform big in domestic cricket. I am working hard and keeping my process strong and enjoying my game,” Dhawan, who is a crucial batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL, told mediapersons here.advertisement”From the time I have been out of the Indian side, every tournament has been important, be it T20, domestic one, the one dayers for my Delhi side,” said 31-year-old Dhawan, who has had a lean period but came up with an impressive performance in the Deodhar Trophy recently.”Unfortunately, it did not go the way I wanted to. But now, by the grace of god, I think things are going my way, I would like to take that good form for long,” he said.Expressing confidence to do well for SRH in the IPL, scheduled to start here on April 5, he said he would like to approach the tournament with a calm mind.”Really looking forward to play the first game and I am going to make sure I keep my nerves in control and just play with a cool mind,” he said.SRH, the defending champion of IPL, take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad on April 5.last_img read more

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