The Sunrisers Hyderabad did extremely well to get their first points on the board with a relatively easy victory against the Mumbai Indians on Monday night in Hyderabad.
The visitors were pegged back early and managed to put on just 142 runs on the board in the first innings while the homes side showed their strength in the bowling department.
However, with some scares in-between, SRH managed to overturn the target and pick a victory thanks to a splendid unbeaten 90 from skipper David Warner.
The Australian has been the backbone of the SRH side over the last couple of season but with injuries to key players, it now looks like the entire batting line-up depends on the pocket dynamo every game.
The biggest reason for it has been the abject failure of opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.
The Indian international team opener who lost his place in the semi-final of the World T20 earlier this year due to lack of form has still not been able to build some confidence and has had a drastic IPL so far.
He has the highest score of 8 to his name and has not managed to stay at the crease for more than 2 overs in all the three outings.
And former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar has opened up about the problems the Delhi-born player is facing.
The former Indian opener revealed that the pressure is always mounting on the player but went on to say that it was important for the fans to remember his contributions to the team over the past few years.
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said, “The problem is when Dhawan fails, he fails in 4-5 matches and people forget the runs that he has scored. He has 9 centuries and around 17 scores of over 50 in limited overs cricket.”
The former Indian legend went on to explain that he has observed a problem with the players technique and also provided him with some advice to get better.
Gavaskar observed that Dhawan has been lazy at the crease and that his feet were too slow to move. He suggested him some exercises to get to back on track.
“What I saw in the IPL, I found his feet are moving a bit slow. I would suggest he does a fair bit of skipping and it would certainly help,’ Gavaskar added.
The SRH opener is an important and integral part of the franchise at Hyderabad and will have to get back his confidence if he is to help his team after a slow start to the tournament.