Ahead of the T20I series against West Indies, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is reported to be ruled out owing to a knee injury that he suffered during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20. As per a report in Hindu, he will be replaced in the side by Sanju Samson.
Dhawan suffered a knee injury during Delhi’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 clash versus Maharastra. A final call regarding his availability will be taken soon. Reports, however, suggest that Samson will get a call-up.
“Samson might be included in the squad as a replacement of Dhawan. Dhawan got operated on his knee, depending upon his medical status report, the final call will be taken,” a BCCI source told ANI.
Samson’s exclusion from the initial squad did raise several eyebrows. Thiruvananthpuram MP, Shashi Tharoor questioned the move and it also supported by Harbhajan Singh. This injury could not have come at a more inopportune time for Dhawan, who has been struggling to find momentum and establish himself as an opener in the shortest format.