Chandigarh: Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar says the focus of his side is to get the best out their players in the Champions League Twenty20 as they prepare to take on Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match, here tomorrow.
Rishi Dhawan (56) and Akshar Patel (45) put up a splendid rearguard action under pressure as India A clinched the Quadrangular series trophy with a narrow four-wicket win over Australia `A`, here on Saturday.
Sharing the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar is a memory that Rishi Dhawan would cherish all his life and now the young Himachal Pradesh all-rounder is confident that he would have an equally great time playing alongside Virender Sehwag for Kings XI Punjab this season.
Himachal Pradesh all-rounder Rishi Dhawan, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore at the 2014 players` auction, is eyeing impressive performances in the forthcoming Indian Premier League to stake a claim for national selection.
As the first day witnessed some of the star players signing multi-crore deals, the second-day too saw some unexpected bidding for uncapped players who went up for grabs at the IPL auction which resumed in Bangalore`s ITC Gardenia Hotel here on Thursday.
Little-known Railways all-rounder Karn Sharma hit the jackpot at the IPL players` auction, becoming the costliest buy among the uncapped players by fetching a startling Rs 3.75 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Rishi Dhawan also fetched a stunning Rs 3 crore bid from Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday.
If Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player on Day 1, Karn Sharma earned 3.75 Crores to became the highest paid uncapped player on Day 2. The Railways all-rounder will turn up for Sunrises Hyderabad in the seventh edition of the super-rich cricket league.
Some of India`s up and coming talents, including Unmukt Chand and Rishi Dhawan, are expected to feature in the IPL auction for the first time as they feature in the 651-strong list of uncapped players to be put under the hammer on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore.
Seam bowler Rishi Dhawan returned with a five-wicket haul to lead a disciplined bowling attack as Himachal Pradesh dismissed Assam for a meagre 81 in their first innings before themselves reaching 199 for four on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match here today.
Left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma and Rishi Dhawan shone with the ball before Prashant Chopra struck a classy unbeaten fifty to guide Himachal Pradesh to an easy eight-wicket win over Tripura on the third and penultimate day of a Group C Ranji Trophy match, here on Saturday.
Captain Rishi Dhawan led from the front with a well-made 67 to help Himachal Pradesh take a vital 45-run first innings lead over Tripura at the end of second days` play in a Ranji Trophy Group C match, here today.