Last Update on: January 19th, 2020 at 04:13 pm
In what can turn out to be a huge blow for Team India in the ongoing third and final ODI against Australia, their in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan was taken off the field with a shoulder injury. In case, the injury turns out to be serious, Shikhar Dhawan will be unlikely to bat in the match anymore and it could be a big loss for Team India.
The left-handed batsman has been in red-hot form in the ongoing series. In the previous two games, he was the top-scorer for India. In the series-opener, Shikhar Dhawan played a fine knock of 74 although it went in vain as Australia won the match by 10 wickets. In the do-or-die second game, he scored 96 to help India post 340 and eventually win the game by 36 runs.
With Australia batting first and looking set to post a good total, India would be praying that Shikhar Dhawan’s injury is not serious. At the time of writing this report, Australia were 198 for 4 in the 37th over. He suffered the injury while diving on the field to save an Aaron Finch shot in the cover region. The incident took place in the fifth over.
BCCI provided an update on the opener’s injury, confirming that the pacer has been taken for an x-ray and a final call would be taken only after he is assessed by the doctor.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020
Shikhar Dhawan had also not fielded in the second game after a Pat Cummins bouncer hit him on the rib cage while batting. He was already in pain as before coming into the series decider due to the blow on his rib cage. In case, Shikhar Dhawan’s injury is serious, KL Rahul is likely to be promoted at the top of the order once again to open with Rohit Sharma.
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