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India vs New Zealand: Opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of T20I series due to shoulder injury

Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the five-match T20I series in New Zealand due to a shoulder injury he suffered while fielding in the third ODI against Australia

India vs New Zealand: Opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of T20I series due to shoulder injury

New Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Tuesday ruled out of the five-match T20I series in New Zealand due to a shoulder injury he suffered while fielding in the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru.

"Yes, he has been ruled out of the T20 series. A replacement will be announced soon" a BCCI official told PTI.

Shikhar Dhawan of India walks back to the pavalion as he gets injured during the 3rd One day International match between India and Australia held at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on the 19th Jan 2020.   Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

Shikhar Dhawan injured his shoulder during the third ODI against Australia. Sportzpics

Dhawan's injury troubles have carried into the new year and he did not come out to open during the successful run chase against Australia on Sunday.

The southpaw was taken for an x-ray after he hurt his left shoulder during fielding at the Chinnaswamy Stadim on Sunday.

KL Rahul came out to bat in his place alongside Rohit Sharma. Dhawan was seen wearing a sling on his left hand.

The 34-year-old Dhawan did not take the field for the entire duration of the Australian innings in the second ODI after a Pat Cummins bouncer hit him on the rib cage while batting.

Dhawan missed the entire limited overs series against West Indies last month.

He also had to pull out of the 2019 World Cup due to a fractured thumb, an injury he suffered against Australia. In the same game, he had scored a match-winning hundred.

Dhawan had scored 96 and 74 in the first two games of the current series against Australia. India won the series 2-1.

Updated Date: January 21, 2020 15:42:08 IST

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