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Shaw, Samson called up to replace injured Dhawan for New Zealand
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Shaw, Samson called up to replace injured Dhawan for New Zealand

India have picked Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson as the replacements for Shikhar Dhawan for the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour.

Shaw could be in line for his first appearance in ODIs while Samson has been handed another opportunity in the 20-over format.

Dhawan was earlier ruled out of the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand owing to a shoulder injury he contracted during Australia's innings in the final ODI at Bengaluru.

"An MRI of his (Dhawan's) shoulder was conducted, and the results have confirmed a grade II injury of his acromioclavicular joint," said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"His hand will be in a sling and he has been advised rest for some time. He will start his active rehab management in the first week of February at the National Cricket Academy."

Both Shaw and Samson are currently part of the India A squad engaged in a series with New Zealand XI.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Samson might face the challenge of staging a comeback to the T20 outfit given skipper Virat Kohli's insistence on persisting with KL Rahul as the team's gloveman.

The 25-year-old Kerala cricketer had served as the replacement for Dhawan in the home series against Sri Lanka where he represented India in just one game.

Samson did not have a memorable outing in that match and had to depart for a two-ball six while coming into bat at the No. 3 position.

Shaw, who conjured a masterful century on his Test debut against the West Indies in 2018, has been in scintillating form of late.

His brilliant run in List A cricket following his return from a doping violation in November last year has catapulted him into the selection radar.

The 20-year-old had ingested a forbidden substance resulting in a back-dated suspension from the game.

Shaw's inclusion is the only change to India's ODI squad that won 2-1 against Australia at home.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami has been rewarded with a call-up to the T20I side due to his bowling heroics in the 50-over format.

T20I squad

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

ODI squad

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