Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan could be out of action for the next three weeks after suffering a thumb injury while batting in the second innings of the second Test. Dhawan underwent an x-ray scan after he was dismissed for 17 runs on Day 3 of the second Test between India and New Zealand.
"He was at the hospital for five minutes roughly. The x-ray report is yet to come. There is some doubt whether he will be able to take the field," an unnamed source told IANS.
The southpaw's place in the Indian Test squad has been debated a lot recently but the Delhi-batsman was back in the starting eleven for India in the second Test at Eden Gardens after KL Rahul was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The 30-year-old, who was selected in the team ahead of Rahul's replacement Gautam Gambhir, was dismissed after scoring just 1 run on the first day of the Kolkata Test. He followed it up with an innings of just 17 runs in the second innings as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Trent Boult.
Before being dismissed, Dhawan got hit on his left thumb by a Boult bouncer, along with another knock on his shoulder off another delivery. He complained about the pain upon returning to the dressing room and was rushed to a nearby health facility. A three-week spell on the sidelines would mean that Dhawan will miss the last Test in Indore, which is scheduled to start from October 8, which in turn could open the door for Gautam Gambhir's return to the team if KL Rahul too fails to recover in time.
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