Indian Opener Shikhar Dhawan had been very impressive in the last test against Sri Lanka. He had scored stunning century in the first test match of the series. Unfortunately Dhawan has been ruled out of the remaining series. As he was hurt and suffering from hairline fracture in his hand, he was not able to play the next matches.
Dhawan had injured his right hand during the first Test at Galle. The further tests on him were failed and confirmed the fracture. He would require four to six weeks to recover from the injury. Dhawan, who scored a smashing 134 in the first innings of the Galle Test and did not field for a majority of Sri Lanka’s second innings.
NEWS ALERT: Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the remainder of Sri Lanka tour with a hand injury. #SLvsIND
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 17, 2015
He was hurt when he dropped a catch offered by Kaushal Silva standing at first slip, off Varun Aaron’s bowling. Thus Dhawan couldn’t score high in second innings and managed 28 runs as India hurtled to a 63-run defeat. As Stuart Binny had been included on Sunday, there was no official replacement for Dhawan will ensure that India continue the series with a 15-man squad.
“It is unfortunate. Shikhar has been brilliant, he played with a crack in his right arm and scored a hundred which is very courageous,” Team India Director Ravi Shastri told in a press conference. However this is a good opportunity to young KL Rahul to prove him in top order. India has some serious injury issues to deal with at the moment as the other opener Murali Vijay is also suffering from a hamstring injury.
Two successive hundreds and Shikhar Dhawan has to miss out with a fracture! KL Rahul missed Bangladesh, now gets another chance! Evens out!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 17, 2015
The team management stated that Vijay is getting better and the decision of his inclusion will be taken on the day before the second test. As of now, the only opening possibility for India is KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara. This duo recently opened for India A against Australia A in Chennai. But the team management is yet to name a replacement for Dhawan. The two selectors, who are travelling with the team, are Vikram Rathour and Saba Karim.