IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians’ Dhawal Kulkarni aiming to play an “active” role in IPL seaso: Riding on his vast experience in domestic cricket and an impressive performance in the recently concluded Vijay Hazrare tournament, veteran Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni is all geared up to play an active role for Mumbai Indians in the 14th edition of IPL starting next week.
“I have been performing for the last 3 years and looking forward to playing an active role in shaping Mumbai Indians yet another success story. IPL is a big tournament and it’s a big platform and representing Mumbai Indians has always been a big moment for me and it has brought a lot of experience playing with them and really looking forward to a wonderful season with them,” Dhawal Kulkarni told Inside Sport in an exclusive interview recently.
Dhawal had a good domestic season last year as well but did not get much of an opportunity to be in the playing XI for Mumbai Indians in the last edition of the IPL. “Yes, I am optimistic & I am ready. As and when I get a chance I will try to do my best. The team’s success is paramount and that is what my priorities are,” he observed.
On his plans to make a comeback into the Indian side, Dhawal said “I have taken everything as a challenge. I will just keep performing and looking for the positives. I am now an experienced bowler over the years. Overall now I have played for 14 years now. The experience that I carry I take it as a positive. I really look forward to getting back into the Indian team and performing there as well,”
On how he felt being a part of the winning Mumbai team in Vijay Hazare, Dhawal said: “It was a very good tournament for me. I really worked very hard for it. The performances that I got in the tournament were pretty much good. I am very much satisfied with my performance.”
Kulkarni played a crucial role in Mumbai team’s success in Vijay Hazare tournament bagging 14 wickets in 6 matches including a match winning five for 44 against Maharashtra. Dhawal had a disappointing last season in IPL where he could play only one match.