File photo of India batsman Shikhar Dhawan walking off after stumps on Day 2 of the Mohali Test. (BCCI)
Shikhar Dhawan, the star of India's Mohali Test win against Australia and one of the top batsmen of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, is back home from Melbourne and waiting for clearance from the National Cricket Academay (NCA) to appear in IPL 6 having recovered from a hand fracture, ESPNCricinfo reported.
Dhawan hurt his hand while patrolling the boundary during his dream Test debut in Mohali where he played a dominating knock of 187 runs. The injury forced Dhawan to miss the start of IPL 6 where he is part of the new Sun Group-owned Hyderabad franchise.
"Hopefully I will be able to take the field soon. After this trip [to Australia], I just have to get the clearance from NCA," Dhawan told ESPNcricinfo.
Dhawan made his international debut with India's ODI team three years ago but since his Delhi seniors Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag held firm at the top in Test cricket, he had to wait for his opportunity and grabbed it with both hands when it arrived after selectors dropped the out-of-form veteran openers.
"I love playing cricket, so I was enjoying playing the game whether I played for Delhi or North Zone or even in the IPL, for that matter. All I told myself was I should keep on performing and my chance will come. By the grace of God, I got my chance and I could make it count. Even when it comes to [playing for] India, I got a chance [in ODIs] three years ago, so there was no way for me to let my hope fade. And I would think Gautam bhai and Viru bhai have been legends of Indian cricket. They have played for so long. [I thought] if I get an opportunity, I will also make it big."
Dhawan is very much in the frame for India's Test tour of South Africa later this year, but he said for now his focus is on the IPL. "When I am playing the IPL, I would like to give my best for the franchise and not think much about anything else. Obviously the South Africa tour is a big tour. Once we get closer to it, we will start preparing accordingly. At the moment, I just want to focus on the IPL."