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Fitness - June 13, 2019

India sweats over Shikhar Dhawan’s fitness

It rained all night here and as Tuesday dawned wet and cold, the water dripped off tiled roofs, window panes, park benches, lawn roses, branches, and leaves. Rivulets slithered at the roads while denizens of this city well-known for its Robin Hood testimonies clutched their all-weather jackets and walked. There was an acoustic symphony to the pitter-patter and the temperature wavered among seven and 10 diploma Celsius.

With India and New Zealand scheduled to conflict in a World Cup sport at Trent Bridge here on Thursday, the damp weather affected the practice stints of both squads. India canceled its consultation at the same time as New Zealand retreated into the indoor facility for successful. And as room heaters inside the adjacent residences went on over-power, news began to trickle in from sources mentioning that Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a suspected hairline fracture on his left thumb.

Speculation raged around whether a substitute might be sought and Rishabh Pant’s call become propped up. But there has been no clarification from the team-control until a great deal later in the night while the media supervisor Moulin Parikh texted a message within the BCCI’s media WhatsApp institution: “Shikhar Dhawan can be under remark.” After some time, he delivered that “the team management has decided that Mr. Dhawan will remain in England and his development will be monitored. Mr. Dhawan sustained an injury at the lower back of his left hand inside the place among the index finger and thumb.”

 

It can be recalled that the opener changed into struck on his arms by way of a shipping from Pat Cummins, all through the early part of his 117 within the World Cup game in opposition to Australia on the Oval on Sunday. The southpaw, however, swallowed a tablet, carried out some ache-alleviation spray and soldiered on till he changed into dismissed inside the 37th over.

Subsequently he did now not flip up to discipline whilst Aaron Finch’s men released their chase. Television cameras confirmed Dhawan sitting inside the dressing room, with an ice-percent around his bruised thumb. Later Virat Kohli turned into asked about Dhawan’s injury and the skipper responded: “I am now not too certain in the interim. Patrick (Farhat, the physio) is on top of things of the scenario. He will give us an replace.”

If Dhawan’s injury is certainly of a grave nature, Kohli and the management will must tweak the gambling 11. A directly-forward change would be for K.L. Rahul, traditionally an opener, to be promoted up the order. But the solidity and weight of accrued runs (4681 at a median of 45.89) that Dhawan and Rohit Sharma convey to the desk, could be neglected. Add to it their left-proper combination which forces bowlers to constantly adjust their traces.

Presuming Rahul moves to the pinnacle, it opens a middle-order slot that could both function Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. Thankfully for India, all its batsmen flourished against Australia. “I were given runs, Hardik (Pandya) performed outstandingly well, M.S. (Dhoni) played his position perfectly, K.L. (Rahul) struck the ball so fantastically. So from that point of view, I suppose we played a sincerely correct one-day game, some thing that any crew could want to do,” Kohli had said after the 36-run overcome the Aussies.

Meanwhile, eyes may be peering at the skies as moist weather has affected 3 contests up to now in these early days of the World Cup. The forecast for Thursday states: “Light rain showers and a mild breeze.” However, extra than the atmospheric patterns, Dhawan’s fitness or the shortage of it, will be the bigger fear for Kohli and business enterprise.