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Bad luck by chance

cricket Updated: May 26, 2009 01:45 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit
Heena Zuni Pandit
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IPL II gave him the opportunity to bat alongside idol Sachin Tendulkar, but Delhi boy Shikhar Dhawan, who turned out for the Mumbai Indians this time around, failed to capitalise on that.

Going through a lean patch, a fracture on his little finger only made it worse for Dhawan, who had to return home in the middle of the tournament. Injury, in fact, seems to be following Dhawan for quite some time now. He has suffered a fracture three times in the last one year, due to which he missed most of the action when in good nick.

“This is very unfortunate. My hard luck,” said Dhawan, who managed just 40 runs in the five matches he played in South Africa, though, he 'cherishes batting alongside Tendulkar'.

“I wish I could have played more matches, but then, the fracture on my finger happened,” Dhawan added.

Dhawan, who had a solid run in the Ranji Trophy last season, was exchanged for Ashish Nehra — the left-arm pacer this time played for the Delhi Daredevils — through the transfer window for IPL II.

Asked about the change in loyalty from hometown Delhi to Mumbai, Dhawan said: “I supported Mumbai whole heartedly… I think one should support the team he is playing for and the place he comes from should not come in the way. This is one thing the IPL has taught me.”

Asked whether the Delhi left-hander suffers from a problem of recurring injuries, the DDCA physio, Badrinath said: “ He ( Dhawan) is among the fittest player in the country at the moment. These injuries are just accidents,” he said.