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Shikhar Dhawan out of NZ tour, 2 openers get surprise call-up

Highlights

  • Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson will be replacing an injured Shikhar Dhawan.
  • Dhawan landed awkwardly on his left shoulder in a diving attempt to save Aaron Finch’s drive in the 5th over of the 3rd ODI in Bengaluru.
  • While Samson will replace Dhawan in the T20I series starting Friday; BCCI called Shaw to replace the left-hander in the ODI series.

Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson will be replacing India national cricket team opener Shikhar Dhawan after he was declared unfit to travel with the Men in Blue for the tour of New Zealand. Dhawan picked up a shoulder injury in the 3rd ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday.

While Sanju Samson will replace the 34-year-old in the 5-match T20I series starting from Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) called Shaw to replace the left-hander in the ODI series beginning on 5 February. 

Dhawan landed awkwardly on his left shoulder in a diving attempt to save Aaron Finch’s drive in the 5th over. Soon after, he left the field clutching his shoulder, failing to make it to the second innings. Instead, he was rushed to a hospital for X-rays during the match.

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According to reports, Dhawan has damaged his AC joint, a joint between the shoulder blade and collar bone. He was later seen in the dressing room with his arm in a sling as India clinched the series 2-1. 

Prithvi Shaw has worn the Indian Cap, just twice, in the test series against West Indies, 2018. 2019 was not the best of his years; first- due to injuries, followed by a doping ban. However, Shaw made his case with a 150 in India A’s warm-up game, followed by a 35 ball-48 in the first ODI of India A tour of NZ. 

Sanju Samson has been patiently waiting for his turn to open for India. Samson played a T20I game against Sri Lanka. However, he didn’t last long, as he was dismissed on the second ball after hitting a six on the first. Samson’s inclusion will also put pressure on Rishabh Pant to perform better, 

Squads

T20I: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Sanju Samson (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

ODI: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Rishabh Pant (WK), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja,  Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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