In­jured Dhawan out of In­dia’s ODI, T20 squad for NZ

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NEW DELHI: Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of In­dia’s lim­ited-overs teams for their tour of New Zealand af­ter in­jur­ing his shoul­der in their se­ri­esclinch­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional with Aus­tralia, the coun­try’s cricket board said yes­ter­day.

Open­ing bats­man Dhawan, who hurt this left shoul­der while field­ing in Sun­day’s seven-wicket victory in Bangalore, will be re­placed by young­ster Prithvi Shaw in the 16-man one-day in­ter­na­tional squad.

Wick­et­keeper-bats­man Sanju Sam­son will take Dhawan’s place in the T20 team that is in New Zealand for the five matches start­ing Jan­uary 24. The T20s will be fol­lowed by three ODI matches start­ing Fe­bru­ary 5 and two Tests be­gin­ning on Fe­bru­ary 21.

“An MRI of his (Dhawan’s) shoul­der was con­ducted, and the re­sults have con­firmed a grade II in­jury of his acromio-clav­ic­u­lar joint,” said Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI). “His hand will be in a sling and he has been ad­vised rest for some time. He will start his ac­tive re­hab man­age­ment in the first week of Fe­bru­ary at the Na­tional Cricket Academy.” The left-handed opener suf­fered a fall af­ter try­ing to stop the ball in the fifth over of the Aus­tralian in­nings and left the field in pain. He did not come out to bat as In­dia chased down their tar­get of 287 to clinch the three-match ODI series 2-1 af­ter their 10-wicket drub­bing in the open­ing game.

It was one of the many in­juries that the 34-year-old Dhawan sus­tained in the last eight months start­ing with a bro­ken thumb that cut short his World Cup cam­paign in Eng­land in June. Dhawan was ruled out of the ODIs against the West Indies af­ter sus­tain­ing a “deep cut” to his left knee in a do­mes­tic game in De­cem­ber.

He was also hit on his rib cage by a Pat Cum­mins bouncer in the sec­ond ODI with Aus­tralia last week and did not take field. Mean­while the 20-year-old Shaw, who re­turned from a dop­ing ban in Novem­ber 2019 and is al­ready in New Zealand with the In­dia A team, will be in line for an ODI de­but.

Teams

T20I squad: Vi­rat Kohli (capt), Ro­hit Sharma, Sanju Sam­son, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Man­ish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzven­dra Cha­hal, Washington Sun­dar, Jasprit Bum­rah, Mo­hammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravin­dra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur

ODI squad: Vi­rat Kohli (capt), Ro­hit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Man­ish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzven­dra Cha­hal, Ravin­dra Jadeja, Jasprit Bum­rah, Mo­hammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jad­hav.

—AFP

BANGALORE: In­dia’s Shikhar Dhawan, wear­ing a arm sling post his on­field in­jury, speaks with a match of­fi­cial af­ter In­dia won the third and last one day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) cricket match of a three-match series be­tween In­dia and Aus­tralia.

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