A minor fracture in his left thumb has forced the Indian Opener Shikhar Dhawan out of the third and final test in the three-match test series against New Zealand. The Kiwi paceman Trent Boult who created a lot of trouble for the Indian opener hit him twice with the ball in the second test in Kolkata.
Dhawan was hit on his thumb on the third day (Sunday) of the Eden Gardens test. After his injury, he was immediately rushed off to a hospital for medical attention and scans. Doctors have advised him 15 days rest. And this has nixed his hopes of representing India in the Indore test which starts on the 8th of October.
India’s media manager commenting on Dhawan’s injuries said that the Indian opener has suffered a minor thumb fracture which has forced him to take rest for 15 days and hence he cannot play in the third test against the Kiwis. The manager said that the Indian selectors have been intimated about Shikhar’s health status.
On the third day of the Kolkata test, Shikhar received two blows on his thumb. The ball seemed to be rising awkwardly. Dhawan who didn’t seem to be comfortable at all opened his account only after 14 balls.
Dhawan did not field in the second innings.
Karnataka batsman Karun Nair has now come in place of Dhawan for the third and final test. Nair has the experience of playing two ODI’s for India previously. He is a right-hand batsman and an off break bowler. He was also a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 IPL. He currently plays for Delhi Daredevils. Nair has compiled 500 runs with an impressive average of 50 in the Ranji Trophy during the 2015-16 season He also has the reputation of being a prolific run getter in the domestic circuit.
Ajay Shirke BCCI secretary commenting on Nair’s inclusion said that Karun Nair as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement has been decided by The All-India Senior Selection Committee.