Rishi Dhawan replaces injured Bhuvneshwar for Australia T20Is
India medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar's tour of Australia has been cut short soon as he suffered a hairline fracture on his left hand. Bhuvneshwar was ruled out of the fifth one-day international against Australia at Syndey Cricket Ground on Saturday (23 January) due to the injury. He will also miss the three T20Is that follow. Rishi Dhawan has been named his replacement.
"BCCI medical team has confirmed that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of Indias tour of Australia after he fractured his left-hand thumb. All-rounder Rishi Dhawan has been included in the T20I team as Bhuvneshwars replacement," BCCI confirmed in a statement.
The right-armer was struck on the left hand by a David Warner shot in the 11th over of the fourth ODI in Canberra. Bhuvneshwar had looked in a lot of pain, but was able to complete his full quota of overs.
The player was taken for scans on Friday (January 22), and they revealed that he had suffered a hairline fracture. Subsequently, Jasprit Bumrah took his place in the squad for the final ODI.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane remains an injury concern for the Indian team after he suffered a split webbing in his right hand while fielding in Canberra. The right-hander missed the final ODI due to the injury, and is being continually monitored ahead of the T20Is. Gurukeerat Singh Mann has been roped in as cover in case Rahane fails to recover on time.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gurkeerat Singh Mann in the India T20I team as a cover for injured Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane split his webbing on his right hand while fielding in the fourth ODI at Canberra," the statement said.
After the ODI at Sydney, India and Australia play three T20Is with the first one starting at Adelaide on Tuesday (January 26). The second and third T20Is will be held in Melbourne and Sydney on the 29th and 31st of January, respectively.