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IPL 2016: Shikhar Dhawan backs Yuvraj Singh to hit form

India Today logo India Today 07-05-2016
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Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game against Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium yesterday.

The Hyderabad crowd had come in huge numbers to watch the comeback man in action. Yuvraj though, disappointed quite a few after failing to click with the bat in Hyderabad's five-wicket win over Suresh Raina's men.On a wicket that was difficult for the batsmen to get going, Yuvraj hung around for 14 balls scoring only five runs in chase of 127.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a match-winning, unbeaten 47, believes his India teammate will get back to form soon. Dhawan backed Yuvraj by saying the veteran all-rounder needed some time to hit form after his injury layout.

"We have to understand that he is coming back after a break and it does get difficult to score right away. It is normal for any batsman to take time to get back into that groove. We all are confident that he will do well in the forthcoming matches," Dhawan told iplt20.com

Dhawan was all praise for Yuvraj's two-over spell. SRH skipper David Warner didn't wait to use the services of the bowler in Yuvraj. The left-arm slow bowler bowled a couple of overs yesterday and put the brakes on Gujarat's scoring rate conceding only 13 runs.

"Tonight he bowled a couple of good overs," Dhawan said on Friday.

Yuvraj a calming influence

The Delhi batsman also shed light on how Yuvraj is a calming influence in the SRH dressing room. "He has a very calming influence on everyone and his presence in the dressing room matters a lot. The youngsters get a boost just listening to him," he said.

Dhawan said it was nice to get valuable inputs on the game from the experienced all-rounder. He also revealed that Yuvraj had good words for him after his sensible 40-ball 47 last night.

"Yuvraj and I share a bit of technical stuff about our batting and it is nice to get his inputs. Even today he said that I played well. He said that I had played according to the situation and played sensibly." Dhawan said.

Dhawan, who had a horrid start to the tournament, got back to scoring ways in their first game against Gujarat Lions. He hasn't looked back since scoring four 40-plus scores which includes two half-centuries.

Dhawan credits skipper Warner for his success saying the aggressive Aussie opener, who has been on top of his game, made it easy for him.

"I would like to credit David Warner. He is in such great form that I have been able to take my time in the middle to get set and get those scores for the team. That level of confidence brushes off on me and it creates a sense of ease for me. There is no case of playing rash shots or the need to push hard because the guy at the other end is playing his role to perfection," Dhawan said.

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