Really looking forward to play the first game (of IPL) and I am going to make sure I keep my nerves in control and just play with a cool mind,    Dhawan said    IANS (File Photo)
Really looking forward to play the first game (of IPL) and I am going to make sure I keep my nerves in control and just play with a cool mind, Dhawan said IANS (File Photo)

Team India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently not a part of the national team in any format, has said he would look to perform well in domestic competitions, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10, so that he can be in the reckoning for the national side once again. Dhawan, who began his Test career with a bang against Australia in 2012-13 by scoring the fastest century by a debutant, said he felt sad over not being part of the Indian team against Australia. However, he has expressed his desire to return to the team with a strong showing in domestic tournaments including the upcoming IPL 10.

I was a bit sad because I feel I got that ability to play international cricket. Nothing that it s Australia or any other side. I would love to be back in the national side. For that, I would love to perform big in domestic cricket. I am working hard and keeping my process strong and enjoying my game, Dhawan, who is a crucial batsman for the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL, was quoted as saying by PTI report.

From the time I have been out of the Indian side, every tournament has been important, be it T20, domestic one, the one dayers for my Delhi side, said 31-year-old Dhawan, who has had a lean period but came up with an impressive performance in the Deodhar Trophy recently. Unfortunately, it did not go the way I wanted to. But now, by the grace of god, I think things are going my way, I would like to take that good form for long, he said.

Expressing confidence to do well for SRH in the IPL, which begins on April 5, he said he would like to approach the tournament with a calm mind. Really looking forward to play the first game and I am going to make sure I keep my nerves in control and just play with a cool mind, he said.

SRH, the defending champion of IPL, take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening fixture on April 5 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad.

The absence of India and RCB captain Virat Kohli due to an injury could be a boon for SRH in the first match, but there were other seasoned campaigners like AB de Villiers in the visiting side, Dhawan opined. We are not relaxed and we are looking forward to the first game. Of course, Virat is one of the biggest players in their side. He leads from the front and had an exceptional year last year.

It s good for us that he is not there for us. But still, there are big guns in their side. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson are there. We are preparing well and we are on our toes actually to start on a winning note, he said.

Dhawan also said he enjoyed playing with overseas players and he s friends with them off the field. I enjoy the company of overseas people. It s always good learning. I am always looking forward to learn new things in my life. That s the beauty of the game. When you are playing, you play as rivals. When off the field, we are friends. I feel that s a good thing. That s the beauty of IPL, he said.