Sport » Cricket

Updated: December 10, 2013 15:04 IST

Rishi Dhawan: relishing a dream run

P. K. Ajith Kumar
Comment (1)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Rishi Dhawan.
Rishi Dhawan.

The Ranji Trophy might be just at the half-way mark, but Rishi Dhawan is already in full flight.

He is the leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy, by some distance. He has 42 wickets from six games, 13 more than Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh. He has had five five-wicket hauls as well as a ten-wicket haul in a match, and he has been scoring runs too. He has made 350 runs, with four fifties.

He has captained Himachal Pradesh to the top of Group ‘C’, in what is his maiden season as captain. Indeed, life could seem like a dream at times.

Even such a dream could have some rude jolts, as Dhawan discovered here on Sunday, when his side was beaten by host Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. “Kerala won a crucial toss and it was always going to be difficult to bat in the fourth innings on such a turning track as this,” Dhawan told The Hindu. “But I am confident that we would still be able to progress to the knock-out stage.”

The 23-year-old said he was happy with the way things went this season, especially his bowling. “I have been bowling well right from the beginning,” he said. “I have tried to concentrate more on my line and that has helped my bowling.”

Dhawan said he enjoyed playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL this year. “It was a great experience playing with the legends,” he said.

He is aiming higher. “Yes, my ambition is to play for India,” he says. “I have been taking wickets and scoring runs and hope I would get noticed.”

His coach at the Himachal Pradesh Ranji team, Rajdeed Kalsi, believes he is ready for an international career.

“Rishi could be an extremely useful all-rounder,” he said. “He has become an even better bowler after he has added the in-swinging yorker to his armoury. He can swing the ball at about any stage; yes, he could reverse too. He could thrive in countries like England and New Zealand.”

Kalsi said Dhawan was also a dependable batsman. “He has the knack of scoring runs on just about any surface; even on this under-prepared wicket here, you could see him bat comfortably,” he said. “But the best thing about him as a cricketer is his attitude. He is positive, all the time. I hope he gets a break when he is young and is in form.”

More In: Cricket | Sport

I hope he is the "KAPIL DEV" India has been searching for. The way I see
it is that this guy will play for India in the next WC2015. His bowling and fielding has been great. Dont know so much about his batting!!!

from:  Naresh Patel
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 16:50 IST
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
Saturday, March 7
Pool B Pakistan vs S. Africa 6.30 a.m. Auckland
Pool B Ireland vs Zimbabwe 9 a.m. Hobart

Cricket World Cup 2015 Fixtures
Cricket's most anticipated event is back. This time in Australia and New Zealand and spanning for nearly 50 days. Here's the list of scheduled matches with timings and venues.

Pages from the past Digging out some classic articles from our exhaustive archives.

That night...June 25, 1983

Field Marshal extraordinaire

Giving the boys their due

The fascinating journey with Lara

Salute to a great team in decline

Let us resolve...

It isn't cricket






Recent Article in Cricket

Praiseworthy: Raman believes that one of the reasons the team is where it is because Aparajith(left) and Indrajith(right) put their hands up when under pressure and delivered. File photo.

Ranji Trophy: Expect a competitive final, says Raman

In the quest for its third Ranji Trophy title, Tamil Nadu has had a rollercoaster ride over the course of its campaign this season. Afte... »