Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the upcoming five-match Twenty20 International (T20I) and three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting January 24.
Dhawan suffered a shoulder injury in the third ODI against Australia last Sunday after he fell awkwardly while diving to save an Aaron Finch boundary in the cover region.
As per a BCCI media release, an MRI of his shoulder was conducted, which confirmed a grade II injury of his acromio-clavicular joint. His hand will be in a sling and he has been advised rest. The BCCI release added that Dhawan would start active rehab management in the first week of February at the National Cricket Academy.
Sanju Samson has been named as Dhawan’s replacement in the T20I series, while Prithvi Shaw will replace him for the ODI series.
The Indian team is scheduled to play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in New Zealand.