In­jured Dhawan out of Sri Lanka se­ries


In­dian opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Mon­day ruled out of the rest of the Sri Lanka se­ries with a hair­line frac­ture on his right hand, in a ma­jor blow to the tourists.

Dhawan, 29, sus­tained the in­jury dur­ing the first Test in Galle which In­dia lost by 63 runs on Satur­day to con­cede the lead in the three-match se­ries. Dhawan, who hit a cen­tury in the first in­nings at Galle, will miss both the sec­ond Test start­ing at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thurs­day and the fi­nal match at the Sin­halese Sports Club in the Sri Lankan cap­i­tal from Au­gust 28. "He un­der­went tests that con­firmed a hair­line frac­ture in his hand. He would re­quire four to six weeks to re­cover from the in­jury," a state­ment from the team man­age­ment said.

Team di­rec­tor Ravi Shas­tri said it was "un­for­tu­nate" to lose the in-form left-han­der for the key Tests ahead. "Shikhar showed a lot of courage at Galle," Shas­tri said. "That's what I look for in a player. It is un­for­tu­nate to lose him." No re­place­ment has been named. The in­jury to Dhawan left In­dia in a spot of bother af­ter the other open­ing bats­man, Lokesh Rahul, was dis­missed for seven and five in Galle. Firstchoice opener Mu­rali Vi­jay missed the Galle Test with a ham­string in­jury but is ex­pected to re­cover in time for the sec­ond match. Top-or­der bats­man Chetesh­war Pu­jara is wait­ing in the wings, while In­dia had al­ready sum­moned all­rounder Stu­art Binny to join the squad as the 16th mem­ber be­fore Dhawan's non-avail­abil­ity was con­firmed. Dhawan has scored 1,158 runs in 15 Tests at an av­er­age of 44.53, with four cen­turies.

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