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by Manuj Sharma Friday 8 April 2016
Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan feels that the team which gains early momentum in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have an advantage in the tournament.
Dhawan, who plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad side in the IPL, has played 96 matches in the tournament and has 2581 runs at an average of 31.09, including 21 fifties.
Giving his views on the composition of the teams in the 2016 IPL, Dhawan feels that all sides have strong squads this season and further stated that gaining early momentum will be the key to winning the title.
“All the teams are strong in this season of the IPL.
“There are quality players in every team, the competition will be quite even.
“I feel that the team which builds the momentum right from the start will be the one to beat.”
This IPL will see two new teams, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants, who will take the place of the now-suspended Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals.
The 30-year-old stylish left-handed batsman said that the addition of two new teams makes the upcoming season even more interesting.
Furthermore, Dhawan is confident that Sunrisers Hyderabad have a good squad which can go all the way in this year’s tournament and win the trophy for the first time.
“There are also two new teams in the IPL, it will be very interesting, RCB is also looking strong this year.
“Our side (Sunrisers Hyderabad) is also looking very good this year.
“We have a lot of depth in our side.
“I feel that Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the dangerous sides in this tournament.
“With the quality of players in our side, hopefully we can win the title and get our hands on the trophy.”
In their debut season in 2013, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team made it to the playoffs of the IPL but in the next two seasons, they finished sixth in the points table.
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