Ranji Trophy: Fit-again Shikhar Dhawan set to play Delhi's next game against Rajasthan
Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to be back in action having recovered from a fractured left-thumb sustained during the second Test match against New Zealand at Kolkata in September.
New Delhi: Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to be back in action having recovered from a fractured left-thumb sustained during the second Test match against New Zealand at Kolkata in September.
Dhawan is all set to play Delhi's next Ranji Trophy game against Rajasthan at Wayanad in Kerala, starting 21 November.
Delhi coach KP Bhaskar confirmed Dhawan's availability for the next round encounter.
"Shikhar has fully recovered from the left thumb fracture and is fit to play competitive cricket again. His rehab is also complete and has gone back to National Cricket Academy for a final check-up. He has told me that he will be joining the squad directly in Wayanad from Bengaluru. Shikhar's presence will certainly bolster the side," Bhaskar told PTI during the training session on the day.
Dhawan was ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand and in his place veteran Gautam Gambhir made a comeback. The 30-year-old was also not fully fit by the time the squad for the two Tests against England was named.
Dhawan in all likelihood will not be picked for the five Test matches against England with another injured opener KL Rahul already fit and in blazing form with scores of 76 and 106 against Rajasthan in the ongoing Ranji Trophy match.
Dhawan's scores in his last three Test appearances are 1, 26, 29, 29, 1 and 17, which does not exactly inspire confidence of highest order.
Murali Vijay is an automatic choice and Rahul has been added to the Indian squad ahead of the second Test in Vizag. Gambhir, who scored a second innings 50 against New Zealand, is also fighting to keep his place after twin failures at Rajkot, where his technique against England pacers was thoroughly exposed.
Unless another injury happens to any opener during the ongoing series, Dhawan would be looking to get himself ready by playing the next few Ranji Trophy rounds in order to get into the limited overs side as he is very much in the scheme of things as far as Champions Trophy in England is concerned.
Dhawan has so far scored 1464 runs at an average of 38.62 from 23 Tests.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand: Mahmudullah Riyad hits unbeaten 43 as hosts win by six wickets to claim T20I series
New Zealand were bowled out for 93 and Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad hit an unbeaten 43 as his side reached 96 for four with five balls to spare. Victory gave Bangladesh an unbeatable 3-1 series lead.
Just hours before the start of the first ODI at Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand called off the Pakistan tour which was to comprise three ODIs and five T20Is, citing security concerns.
Vihari, pupil of India's fielding coach R Sridhar had left Hyderabad in the 2015-16 season after MSK Prasad, the then chairman of selectors had offered him Andhra captaincy and also pushed his selection in the traditional format.