Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Shoulder injury rules Shikhar Dhawan out of New Zealand T20Is

Shoulder injury rules Shikhar Dhawan out of New Zealand T20Is

India opener Shikhar Dhawan will not be traveling to New Zealand for India's full-fledged tour comprising five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests, starting from Friday (January 24).

As expected, Shikhar Dhawan has not been included after he sustained an injury to his shoulder while fielding in the third and final ODI against Australia. The ODI squad announcement was rather delayed for the same reason as the selectors wanted to track Hardik's improvement.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson replaced Dhawan in the T20 Internationals while comeback man Prithvi Shaw got his maiden selection call-up in the ODI squad in place of the senior opener. Notably, he did not even come to bat.

Shikhar Dhawan's never-ending ordeal with injuries continued during the recently concluded three-match One-day worldwide series against Australia. With Agarwal touring New Zealand with India A, he could be named in the Indian squad as Dhawan's replacement now as well.

Dhawan, who was stationed in the region, dived to save runs. Dhawan was taken off the field after he hurt his left shoulder in the series-deciding tie after he dived to save an Aaron Finch shot in the cover region before hurting his left shoulder in the fifth over.

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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.

India, who beat Australia 2-1 in the ODIs, have gone in with a similar squad against NZ.

The 20-year-old batsman struck 22 fours and two sixes during his match-defining knock at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

This was a positive move by the BCCI to include Shaw.

An MRI of his shoulder was conducted, and the results have confirmed a grade II injury of his acromio-clavicular joint. "He will start his active rehab management in the first week of February at the National Cricket Academy", BCCI media release stated.

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