Dhawan suffers another injury scare
Just when he was starting to get his mojo back with three consecutive half centuries, senior India opener Shikhar Dhwan faces an injury scare which could once again rule him out from the international scene for some time.
Dhawan suffered a rib injury while batting, as a short ball from Pat Cummins crashed into him during India’s inning in the second ODI against Australia in Rajkot.
Dhawan could not come out to field due to the injuri, informed the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in an update. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was Dhawan’s replacement on the field.
“Shikhar Dhawan got hit on the rib-cage on his right side. He will not be taking the field today. Yuzvendra Chahal is in as his substitute,” BCCI tweeted.
With this, Dhawan joined the list of injured players, Rishabh Pant being the the first one. Incidentally, it was also a Cummins bouncer in the first game that had left Pant concussed and out of the second match.
Dhawan was hit in the 10th over of the Indian innings. Though he was in considerable pain and needed medical attention, he decided to carry on batting and scored a brilliant 96, falling just four runs short of his 18th ODI century.
Alongside Dhawan’s superb knock that earned a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd, Virat Kohli’s 78 and KL Rahul’s 80 helped India pile up 340/6 after the visitors won the toss and chose to field first.
It was the same opponent Australia against whom Dhawan had sustained a fractured thumb after being hit by a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile during the ICC Cricket World Cup last year. Dhawan was the top-scorer in that game with a 117-run knock, but the fractured thumb ruled him out of the tournament. He was out for two months.
Dhawan made a return against West Indies and had some off-form before sustaining a deep cut on his knee during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game. That time he required 27 stitches and was out for another month.