Dhawan, who became the second-most costliest buy at the auction after Railways all-rounder Karan Sharma (Rs 3.75 crore), believes his fine show for Kings XI Punjab will act as a ‘stepping stone’ to get ready for a maiden call-up into the Indian team.
"I have done well in the domestic circuit this season. I believe my good showing in the IPL will act as a stepping stone to get into the Indian team. I am looking forward to this year's IPL to further prove my credentials," Dhawan said.
The young pacer from Mandi finished as the highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy this year with 49 scalps. Dhawan was bought by KXIP after a close bidding among Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL auctions.
Dhawan said his good performance in the domestic circuit and the limited opportunities he got with star-studded Mumbai Indians squad, which won the IPL and the Champions League T20, caught the eye of franchise owners.
"I was confident of getting picked by some franchise. I took 49 wickets in eight games in the domestic season this year and contributed with the bat as well. My experience with Mumbai Indians also made the other franchises interested in me. I am happy with how things panned out at the auction. I am looking forward to give my 100 per cent for KXIP and make them champions this year," he said.
The 24-year-old, who was picked up by the Mumbai franchise in 2012, was impressive in his first season. He, however, experienced a forgettable run last year where he failed to get enough wickets but got to play the semi-finals and finals in both the IPL and the CLT20.


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