<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="IPL 2013: Shikhar Dhawan to miss Sunrisers Hyderabad's tie against Pune Warriors India" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130329154736.jpg" title="IPL 2013: Shikhar Dhawan to miss Sunrisers Hyderabad's tie against Pune Warriors India" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shikhar Dhawan suffered an injury on his hand in India's series against Australia © AFP (file picture)</p> </div> <strong>Hyderabad: Mar 29</strong><strong>, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sunrisers-Hyderabad/post" target="_blank">Sunrisers Hyderabad</a>, the new Indian Premier League (<a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">IPL</a>) outfit, have suffered a blow ahead of the tournament with star player <a href="/tags/Shikhar-Dhawan/post" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a> being ruled out due to injury for at least their opening tie against Pune Warriors, to be held on April 5.<br /> <br /> "Shikhar Dhawan at this stage will not be available for the first game. We are obviously working closely with the <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a> and the medical team with regard to his progress," Sunrisers coach <a href="/tags/Tom-Moody/post" target="_blank">Tom Moody</a> told reporters here today.<br /> <br /> "We are hoping that within a couple of weeks he will be available to join the team," he added.<br /> <br /> Dhawan, who scored fastest ever century on debut in the recently-concluded Test series against <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a>, had sustained an injury during the series.<br /> <br /> Asked how many matches Dhawan is likely to miss, Moody replied: "We don't know as yet. We are hoping that he is going to have a speedy recovery."<br /> <br /> Stating that the team has a good mix of youth and experience, the coach said that the efforts are being made to improve the bonding among them.<br /> <br /> "It (preparation for the IPL) has been going on well. Our first official training session will be this afternoon. We have had a number of meetings with players. Myself, Waqar (Younis), who is the bowling coach and our assist coach...we spent a lot of time on a individual basis," he said.<br /> <br /> "For us obviously it is new. Lot of new faces we need to get familiar with. So we spent a good time getting to know the players. We had a good team evening, a good bounding session, which we will continue to do over the next week also.<br /> <br /> "Lot of international players are scheduled to come in the next few days. We are obviously excited," Moody added.