Shikar Dhawan, the dashing opener from Delhi, suffered an injury while fielding in the third One day International between India and Australia. The medical team immediately attended him and Dhawan was taken to the hospital for the scans of his left shoulder.
Though BCCI has released an official update on his participation in the upcoming tour of NZ but it is expected that the left-handed opener missed the T20I series which is scheduled to start on 24 January.
Shikhar Dhawan was injured in the 5th over of the first innings when he was fielding at the covers. Dhawan tried to stop a drive from Steven Smith and in the process he hurt his shoulder. He was in visible pain and was immediately rushed to hospital. After he returned from hospital he was seen with a sling in the left hand and did not came out to bat as well.
Now BCCI has been named Sanju Samson as a replacement of injured Shikhar Dhawan for the New Zealand T20 Series. Prithvi Shaw will replace him in ODIs.
Earlier Shikhar Dhawan said that the team-management wants to try out different players till the T20 World Cup.
“I’m sure the management wants to try players. Today also we wanted to try other players who haven’t batted in the series and give them a fair chance because we’re only left with five T20 (actually over 12) games.
“As a team, we wanted to give chance to everyone and that’s why they’ve been rotating players. Till World Cup comes, everyone is refined and know their job as well.
“It is more to give players (time), like how Sanju Samson came in today (at number 3), then Shreyas (Iyer), so they can get more time in the middle, because it is a totally different field when you are batting in the match and having more overs and so that was the reason today,” he added.
India’s squad for the NZ ODI series:
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, K Jadhav