Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles with injuries continue as the Indian opener once again had to leave the field against Australia during the 3rd ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru after he picked up a shoulder injury. Dhawan dived at the cover region to save the shot coming off from Aaron Finch’s bat and as a result, he ended up injuring his shoulder.
The opening batsman was replaced by the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and he did not appear again in the entire game to field. Shikhar Dhawan was taken to the hospital for the X-ray and he was later seen with his left arm in a sling. Before this, Dhawan also did not take the field during the 2nd ODI against Australia when he was hit by a bouncer from Pat Cummins.
The Indian opener also fractured his thumb during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Later, he suffered from a knee injury during Mushtaq Ali Trophy, requiring 27 stitches. With the current shoulder injury, Dhawan’s participation in the India tour of New Zealand is in doubt which will commence on 24th January with a T20I game in Auckland.