Dhawan ruled out of the Sri Lanka Tour following injury
Updated - Aug 17, 2015 12:06 pm
Dhawan ruled out of the Sri Lanka Tour following injury: Shikhar Dhawan showed some awe striking batting performance in the first innings of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle. The 3-match Test series began with a loss for the Indian side, as Sri Lanka bounced back on the fourth day, after being dominated by the visitors for the first three days. Herath came to the rescue for the Sri Lankan side and took a destructive 7-wicket haul winning the match for the hosts.
Dhawan scored 134 runs in his first innings, along with Virat Kohli who also scored a century. Unfortunately, his century was followed by a fracture to his right hand. After which he came to bat in the second innings, and managed to score a fighting 30 runs. It was during the first Test that Dhawan injured his hand, and later the tests confirmed a hairline fracture in his right hand. It will take the opener at least six-weeks to get back on the field again.
The second Test is to start on 20th of August, the Sri Lankan side will try hard to put pressure on the side that lost a winning match. The second innings of the first Test saw a poor batting performance by the Indian batting line up. Murali Vijay is more likely to replace Dhawan and open the innings for the Indian team in the coming two Tests. Dhawan’s injury is a drawback for the Indian side as Sri Lanka will try its best to win the series and continue the 22-year old legacy never letting India win a series in Sri Lanka.
Murali Vijay is another dependable name in the Test squad, injury kept him away from playing the first Test but now he is fit to open the innings with KL Rahul in the 2nd Test. Rahul’s illness gave a chance to Dhawan to open the Indian batting back in the Bangladesh series, this time, Dhawan’s injury is making way for Vijay to be the opening batsman.
Ahead of the 2nd Test Indian team Director Ravi Shastri told the media: “He (Shikhar Dhawan) came out when his hand was really bad in second innings, again batted and got 30. That’s a positive I take out from a player, he’s courageous, he (Shikhar) was there when team needed him.”
Here is Dhawan ‘s tweet:
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