SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Shikhar Dhawan is confident he will be playing for the franchise in the very near future.
After returning from a family trip to Melbourne, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan believes he will be playing for his franchise SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL very soon.
Dhawan is awaiting clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and his coach Tom Moody thinks the India star will be representing Hyderabad in less than two weeks.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) April 14, 2013
Dhawan had been in Australia recovering from a fracture he suffered to his hand during his Test debut for India against the Australians in Mohali last month.
The 24-year-old had got off to a flyer in his first introduction to five-day international cricket after scoring the fastest century on debut and eventually reaching 187.
His hand injury the batsman out for six weeks and he has missed five IPL matches for the SunRisers so far, but expects to return to the side shortly.
“Hopefully I will be able to take to the field soon,” Dhawan told ESPNcricinfo.
“After this trip [to Australia], I just have to get clearance from the NCA.”
The return of Dhawan will be a massive boost for Kumar Sangakkara’s side who despite winning three of their five matches have had a blip in form of late and the injection of quality that the Indian would provide would certainly be welcomed.
It is set to be a busy year of cricket for the batsman with the Champions Trophy in England immediately following the IPL, before India face their biggest challenge of 2013 when they tour against the No.1 Test side South Africa.