The Indian opener batsman Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of the first three One Day International matches against Australia. Dhawan asked to BCCI to take a leave for caring his Wife.
The BCCI officials said: “Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan has requested to be released from the team for the first three ODIs of the Paytm Australia tour of India, 2017 to attend to his wife, who is unwell. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided not to name any replacement for Dhawan in Indian Cricket Team.”
Shikhar Dhawan has already missed the couple of games in the limited over series against the Sri Lankan Team due to the health problem of his mother. The BCCI has decided to not to take a name for Dhawan’s replacement.
That means Rohit Sharma will open the inning with Ajinkya Rahane. Who also opened for team India in the last two games against Sri Lanka and performed superbly in those games.
“Shikhar Dhawan came and got the golden bat in the Champions Trophy and then he has won us two Test matches with the bat. So he is an impact player and we all know that. So, Rahane understands that at this moment, he is the third opener and we will certainly back him there because we have shifted him around a bit in the middle order as well and it is not right. But he has grabbed his opportunities well as he was the man of the series in West Indies, so he continues to be in the set-up,” Kohli said during the pre-match press conference of first ODI.
Team: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.