Last Update on: January 19th, 2020 at 06:19 pm
Shikhar Dhawan has suffered yet another injury blow as he injured his shoulder in the ongoing third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru. The opener missed the T20I and ODI series against West Indies after suffering a knee injury in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. That absence had nearly cost him his place in the playing eleven as KL Rahul made the most of the opportunity.
But the team-management backed the southpaw and he has totally justified the decision so far. After scoring a T20I fifty against Sri Lanka, he hit the ground running in ODIs 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.
But he has now suffered yet another injury setback and the latest injury is looking serious than it was initially thought of. 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. Shikhar Dhawan walked off the field straightaway before the BCCI stated that the opener has gone for an x-ray.
The BCCI is yet to give another update on Shikhar Dhawan but he is unlikely to bat in the ongoing match. Journalist Vikrant Gupta stated on Twitter that the southpaw was wearing an arm sling and can also miss some games in New Zealand. India’s tour of New Zealand will start with the T20I series on January 24.
Injury Alert: Shikhar Dhawan won’t bat today it seems. Has put a sling around his shoulder and I won’t be surprised if he misses some part of New Zealand tour as well #INDvsAUS
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) 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. In his absence, KL Rahul opened the innings with Rohit Sharma as India chase 287 to seal the series.