BCCI has released fitness update on Indian openers ahead of the third ODI between India and Australia at Bengaluru. BCCI is its release said that both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are progressing well and final call on their participation will be taken only on the morning of the match.
India suffered two injury scared in the second ODI at Rajkot when Dhawan was hit on ribs by a Pat Cummins bouncer and Rohit Sharma bruised his shoulder while fielding in the 43rd over. Dhawan did not came out to take field after that in the second ODI.
Indian management and fans will hope that Rohit and Dhawan gets fit prior to the series deciding clash on Sunday in Bengaluru.
“Rohit’s left shoulder has popped out of few times, and he should be good to go in the next game,” Kohli had said about Rohit in the post-match conference. Virat Kohli had also asserted that the injury was not a major one and Rohit will get fit in time.
India is already dealing with a no. of fitness issues in this series as they first lost Rishabh Pant due to concussion in the first ODI. KL Rahul did the wicket keeping duty in place of him in both the internationals. And in the second ODI Rahul also batted at no.5 doing finisher’s role to perfection.
KL made 80 runs off just 52 balls, helping India reach a mammoth total of 340 runs in their quota of 50 overs. Later, in the second half of the match, he came up with a lighting stumping to send the Australian Captain, Aaron Finch, packing. He also claimed two catches to further push his case in the eleven.
In case either of Rohit and Dhawan fails to get fit in time, KL might slot back to open the innings and Shivam Dube might come into the team.