• Dhawan got hit on his left thumb by two vicious deliveries from Trent Boult during India's second innings

India v New Zealand: Shikhar Dhawan out for three weeks

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who got hit on his left thumb by two vicious deliveries from Trent Boult during India’s second innings on Sunday might be out of action for nearly three weeks, as per reports.
Dhawan, who was dropped for the first Test match at Nagpur but replaced an injured KL Rahul for the second Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, endured a torrid time during India’s second innings and was hit on his left thumb twice while batting. On both occasions the bowler was Trent Boult. Dhawan was undone by the extra bounce Boult managed to extract from the pitch.
Dhawan got out for 17 to Boult later and upon returning to the dressing room, the team doctor advised him for a check-up. According to sources close to the team, the Delhi opener, who also has not been able to string together decent scores in recent outings, might be out for three weeks which will force him to miss the remainder of the series.
Prior to the second Test match, injury to first-choice opener Rahul had prompted the management to bring in Gautam Gambhir as cover, and if the reports of Dhawan being unavailable for three weeks is true, Gambhir will be in line to get his first game for India in over two years. After India’s second innings, Dhawan did not come out to field with Gambhir taking the fielder in place of his Delhi Teammate.

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