India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan retired hurt ahead of the restarting of play on 4th day of the 2nd Test against Australia after being smacked on the forearm during a practice time on Saturday morning.

On Friday Sikhar batted for 23 overs late and was not out on 26 for the duration of the night with the Indian 2nd innings total at 71 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Shikhar Dhawan was smacked on the arm by a ball during a net session at the Gabba ground in Brisbane, reported by Australian TV Channel 9.

Virat Kohli went to the pitch to bat in Shikhar Dhawan’s place but was bowled by Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson for one after facing 11 deliveries.

Dhawan came out to recommence his innings when Ashwin fell to Starc with the score on 117 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

India have indicated infuriation over the practice grounds in Brisbane. They felt that the indigent quality of the pitches led to 2 of their crucial game changer players getting wounded before going out to bat on day four.

Overnight not out batsman Shikhar Dhawan was smacked on his right wrist and Virat Kohli received a puff in the left forearm. Shikhar Dhawan, who has batted on 26 runs had had to leave the crease before play began, and Virat Kohli, who replaced him, got out for 1 runs off 11 balls, generating a crumble during which India lost 4 for 11.

According to a column in a popular website, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said in an official declaration that the tourists had asked for fresh wickets to practice which were not provided.

BCCI’s official statement said that Indian team has been asking for the fresh net practice wickets sundry times for last two days, which have not been given. Instead of giving that, curators have asked them to practice on exhausted wickets, which have unequal bounce. Because of that, two of Indian key batsmen got wounded.

Dhawan was anticipated to bat despite the injury as there was no time for him to go for scans. He came out to bat after India lost their 6th wicket. Kohli did not go for treatment or any scans, and no official protest has been submitted by the Indian team as of now.


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