Dhawan likely to miss ODI series versus West Indies
In a shocking development, India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan is reportedly set to miss the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. The southpaw was initially selected for both T20Is and ODIs against West Indies, however, the left-handed batsman was ruled out of the three-match T20I series due to a knee injury which he sustained during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Maharashtra.
He didn’t play the T20I series too. The BCCI release ahead of the start of T20I series read: “The BCCI Medical Team assessed him to review the healing of his wound. The BCCI Medical Team has suggested that Dhawan needs some more time for his stitches to come off and his wound to heal completely.”
As per a report in Bangalore Mirror, Dhawan needs some more time to recover from the injury and the selection committee is set to name a replacement before the first ODI fixture.
Earlier, Sanju Samson earned a call-up to replace injured Dhawan in the T20I squad. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to feature for the team. Sanju Samson received a thunderous response from his fans at Kerala ahead of the second T20I but sadly, he was not picked in that match too. Rishabh Pant continues to keep wickets for the Indian cricket team so far.
The report also goes on to add saying that there is a distinct possibility of Sanju Samson coming in as a replacement for Dhawan in ODIs too. Apart from Samson, the other players who are in pole position to replace Dhawan are Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal.
India and West Indies are level on terms in the ongoing three-match T20I series at 1-1. The decider is going to be one heck of a blast as both the nations will look to get the better of the other at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 11 (Wednesday).
After the T20I series, India will play three ODI against West Indies, with the first match scheduled to be played on December 15 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
India’s ODI squad against West Indies
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.