The South Africa series will be a tough challenge: Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan led India 'A' to a comfortable victory over Bangladesh 'A'.   -  PTI

Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the last two Test matches against Sri Lanka, because of a hand injury, suffered during the first Test in Galle, has recovered well. Dhawan, captaining India ‘A’ against the visiting Bangladesh ‘A’ side in the first unofficial Test, scored a fine 150, helping his team to a comfortable victory.

“I am happy with the way I have returned after the injury, and the way my hand has responded. I feel great,” a visibly relieved Dhawan said after the game.

The Delhi opening batsman, included in the senior India ODI and Twenty20 teams for the upcoming South Africa series, is looking forward to regaining his spot in the national side. “The South Africa series will be a tough challenge; it will be a great series. It’s always good to have two strong sides playing against each other. We are playing at home, so that will work to our advantage. Hopefully, we will end the series on a winning note,” he said.

The 29-year-old stated that this ‘A’ fixture has given him the perfect opportunity to test his match-fitness ahead of the bigger challenges. “It is good preparation, as I was out for a month. I did bat in the nets, but the feeling of playing a match is different. This match has given me a lot of confidence ahead of the South Africa series,” Dhawan said.

Mominul Haque, the visiting captain, found it hard to explain his side’s frequent batting collapses. “Most of our players are ODI players, barring me and a couple of others. This was the main problem. We played ODI style of cricket,” he said.