India vs New Zealand: Shikhar Dhawan is out of the T20 squad for the New Zealand tour, having injured his shoulder in the last one-day against Australia. Dhawan was fielding in the area of coverage in the fifth over of the Australian innings in Bengaluru. He dived to stop Aaron Finch’s shot and sat on the left shoulder. Did not even come out to bat in the second innings.
Will be confirmed soon
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Now the X-ray reports of his shoulder showed that Dhawan’s injury is serious and he will not accompany the team in the New Zealand tour which starts on 24 January. India ‘A’ team is already present in New Zealand. Only one player of that team will be included in Dhawan’s replacement team.
Who will replace Dhawan?
In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul made the most of his chances in the top order. He did not give any chance to realize the audience that Sikhar Dhawan was not in the T20. Strongly juggled with Rohit Sharma. In such a situation, Lokesh Rahul is fully ready to take his place. By the way, he is already a part of the T20 team. India ‘A’ may include young players like Mayank Agarwal, Surya Kumar Yadav or Prithvi Shaw as backups in the senior team.
New Zealand tour schedule
In this tour, the Indian team has to play five T20, three one-day and two-Test series. The T20 series will run from 24 January to 2 February. The first one will be played on 5 February, the second on 8 February and the third one-day on 11 February. The two-Test series will begin on February 21. The second Test will be held from 29 February and the series ends on 4 March.
Third serious injury within six months
Born on 5 December 1985, the last few incidents were being difficult for 34-year-old Shikhar Dhawan. As he retaliates with the bat, he has to be injured in a fresh way. During the World Cup in June 2019, Nathan Coulter-Nile’s fastball was hit on the thumb against Australia itself, with the entire team suffering as Shikhar got out of the World Cup.
November 2019 is soon back from this injury. He started playing domestic cricket to fit this opener match. During the Twenty20 Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali found himself injured once more. Dhawan had dived while taking a run, causing a piece of wood from the pad to get into his knee, and he had to undergo an operation to remove it. It took about 25 stitches. As a result, he was dropped from the ODI and three-match Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies.
Returned in the recent series against Australia. A strong half-century (74) was scored in the first match and he has out before four runs from the century (96) in the second match. It was just looking like ‘Gabbar is Back’, but before that, another injury put a break on the career again.
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