Shikhar Dhawan, the sidelined Indian opener has announced his return through an Instagram post. The left-handed explosive opener was ruled out of the New Zealand tour due to an injury in his left shoulder. He injured his shoulder during the last ODI against Australian in the three-match series played against the yellow army on home soil. Dhawan could not recover in time for the New Zealand tour, and Mayank Agarwal replaced him in the squad.
Shikhar Dhawan is injuring tough times in terms of injuries. The star player was ruled out of 50 over World Cup in summer following a thumb injury. Rishabh Pant replaced him for the cricket carnival. Dhawan, who has been one of the regulars in the current Indian setup, has suffered from three major injuries in the past year. Apart from the injury conjured in World Cup and Australian series, the 34-year-old was also sidelined for a little over one month after he suffered from a severe cut in a game of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.
Shikhar Dhawan announces his return
Shikhar Dhawan, who his fondly called ‘Gabbar’ by his teammates used Instagram to announce his return in the style of the iconic Bollywood villain. Dhawan posted a picture of him mounted on a horse with the caption on the photo reading “Kitne bowler they? #Gabbar is back.” The left-hander is currently undergoing a rehabilitation program in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and is vying for a comeback. BCCI also named him in the four-member Indian contingent that was a part of the Asia XI squad that had to face the World XI on 18th and 21st March.
The Indian team struggled with their opening combinations in the ODI series against New Zealand in the absence of both regular openers and is eager for the comeback of ‘Gabbar’. Shikhar would also be keen to give his best with the selection in T20 World Cup scheduled to be played later this year on his mind.