In the second ODI at Rajkot, India managed to level the series with 1-1 against Australia. But this particular game also saw the two-star Indian opener getting Injured. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have piled up miseries for the Men in Blue ahead of the series decider after. Their return in the third ODI match is still under question as BCCI revealed the duo is ‘under observation’.
In the 10th over of the game, Dhawan got hit on the rib-cage when Pat Cummins was bowling for the Aussies. Soon after, team physio rushed to attend the southpaw on the field after which he continued his game. He went on to score 96 runs before missing a ton by four runs. However, the Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was called as the replacement during the fielding.
Later, in the 43rd over of Australian innings, Rohit injured his left hand while trying to stop a certain four in the deep and had to leave the field while writhing in pain.
Now, the duo has only one day to recover before the start of the third ODI in Bengaluru. While BCCI has updated that both the openers are under observation. The final call for their participation will be taken ahead of the match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
“Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are progressing well. Their recovery is being closely monitored and a call on their participation in the final ODI will be taken tomorrow before the match,” BCCI informed.
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Unfortunately, if one of them doesn’t recover ahead of the decider match, KL Rahul is likely to get the chance in the opening slot. The ‘Hitman’s’ absence in the third and last ODI match at Bengaluru could affect the result of this series.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant, who was ruled out of the first and second match due to concussion, is expected to make a comeback in the third ODI. Thus, he will don the gloves for the Men in Blue.