Dhawan ruled out of SL tour due to injury
Indian Test team opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the Sri Lanka series due to a hairline fracture on his right hand. After the first match series defeat this is the another blow for the Indian team.
Dhawan injured his right hand during the first Test match at Galle where he scored brilliant 134 in the first innings and 28 in the second innings. The injury will require four to six weeks for recovery.
Team director Ravi Shastri said it was “unfortunate” to lose the in-form left-hander for the key Tests ahead.
“Shikhar showed a lot of courage at Galle,” Shastri said. “That’s what I look for in a player. It is unfortunate to lose him.”
No official replacement has been announced for Dhawan so far but the injury to the in-form left-hander left India in trouble after the other opener, Lokesh Rahul, who was not in a good touch with the bat at Galle. The other opening batsman Murali Vijay who is also not in the squad because of hamstring injury is expected to recover in time for the second match.
“The BCCI medical team has confirmed that Dhawan has been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2015,” BCCI statement.
“Dhawan had injured his right hand during the first Test at Galle. He underwent further tests that confirmed a hairline fracture in his hand. He would require four to six weeks to recover from the injury,” it added.
Sad to leave my teammates in the middle of the series, but still did my best even with a broken hand.
Will bounce back stronger!
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 17, 2015
The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday.