Sachin likely to play against Punjab: Dhawan

Updated: 09 April 2010 12:54 IST

Mumbai skipper Sachin Tendulkar, who had complained of dehydration and weakness during the match in Chennai, is expected to play against Punjab on Friday.

Sachin likely to play against Punjab: Dhawan

Mohali:

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar, who had complained of dehydration and weakness during the last match in Chennai, is recovering well and is expected to play against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League match on Friday, teammate Shikhar Dhawan said on Thursday.

"Sachin is getting better. We are hopeful that he will be fit and ready to play tomorrow's game," Shikhar told reporters at the PCA stadium.

Dhawan said Tendulkar has led from the front in this tournament and the team is expecting him to guide them again on Friday.

"Sachin is world's best batsman and he is also a great captain. We have won many matches under his captaincy. He is very calm on the field and there is a great feeling out there. Hopefully we will also win tomorrow's game under his captaincy," said the left-hander.

"He is a great leader and his presence in the team gives a lot of confidence to every player," he said.

Table-topper Mumbai Indians have virtually sealed a semifinal berth but Dhawan said the team was keen to maintain its winning momentum.

"We are fully prepared for the matches at different venues and amid diverse conditions. We are really looking forward to win the remaining matches of the IPL," he said.

Dhawan was also full of praise for the team management.

"Mumbai Indians is like a big family. We are proud to have these owners. We never feel any kind of pressure while playing; even Sachin also advises us to play with positively and without any undue pressure," said Dhawan.

Dhawan started IPL I as part of Delhi Daredevils team but later he was picked up by Mumbai Indians.

"Unfortunately I got injured after few matches but later I was lucky that Mumbai Indians picked me and gave me a chance to play. I am enjoying my game very much," said Dhawan.

Even though Kings XI Punjab are languishing at the bottom of the points table, Dhawan refused to take them lightly.

"All teams are good but sometimes luck is not on their side and do not favour them in the game. This can happen to any team. Tomorrow's game is important and we are looking forward to win it," said the youngster.

On his own performance in the tournament, Dhawan said, "I am quite happy with my individual performance so far in IPL. I am happy that I am emerging as a matured player from this tournament," said Dhawan.



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