Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests
Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered a hand injury while fielding in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, has been ruled out of the remainder of the series.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed in a media release that further scans on Dhawan’s injured hand revealed a hairline fracture.
The release further stated that the 29-year-old left-hander will need about six weeks to recover from the injury.
“The BCCI medical team has confirmed that opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka - 2015," the statement said.
“Dhawan had injured his right hand during the first Test at Galle.
“He underwent further tests that confirmed a hairline fracture in his hand.
“He would require four to six weeks to recover from the injury.”
Meanwhile, Dhawan stated on his official Twitter account that he will be looking to bounce back stronger from the injury.
“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!”
This injury leaves the Indian team in a spot of bother as Murali Vijay, Dhawan’s regular opening partner, was sidelined before the first Test with a hamstring injury.
The BCCI has maintained that Vijay’s recovery is being closely monitored, whereas a final call on his inclusion will be taken before the start of the second Test.
With the series poised 1-0 in favour of Sri Lanka, the second Test will get underway from the 20th August at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
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