Sharma, Dhawan progressing well
Injured openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are progressing well, but it is still undecided whether or not they will be fit enough to play in the third and final ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday (January 19).
A final call on their participation will be taken before the match itself, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday.
The BCCI said in an official statement: “Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are progressing well. Their recovery is being closely monitored and a call on their participation in the final ODI will be taken tomorrow before the match.”
During the second ODI in which India won to level the series 1-1, Dhawan was injured after he was hit on the right rib-cage. In spite of injury, Dhawan played on and made a match winning knock of 96 runs off 90 balls.
Sharma, on the other hand, was injured on the boundary during the Australian run-chase. He was involved in a 81-run first-wicket stand with Dhawan, and looked in good touch on hiw way to a 44-ball 42.
India won the match by 36 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot after being humiliated by a 10-wicket defeat by the tourists. The series decider will take place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Speaking after the second game, India captain Virat Kohli had given an update on Rohit’s shoulder and said: “I asked Rohit briefly just now. It’s that left shoulder which has popped out a few times. There’s no tear, so hopefully he should be back for the next game.”