Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of New Zealand T20Is with shoulder injury

Aaron Finch fumes after run out

The Indian team arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday for a six-week tour, which begins with the first T20 worldwide of the five-match series here on Friday.

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma became the third fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs during the series deciding third and final game against Australia here on Sunday. Dhawan suffered a fall and hurt his left shoulder while trying to stop a ball during the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday, 19th January 2020.

Dhawan was then taken for tests and he didn't return to the field to open the batting for the Men in Blue.

India, in reply, opener with K.L. Rahul and Rohit after Shikhar Dhawan had to be taken for an x-ray.

The Indian opener was later also seen with his left arm in a sling in the dressing room.

Though there is no official confirmation from the BCCI, a report in the Mumbai Mirror states that the Dhawan will not be part of the Indian team travelling to New Zealand in two batches (Monday night and Tuesday Night).

The first two T20Is against New Zealand will be played in Auckland, while the next two matches will be played in Hamilton and Wellington respectively. Dhawan's form and place in the team would be of high importance as the team's preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup will hit full speed in New Zealand.

The T20I series begins on January 24, and will be followed by a series of three ODIs from February 5.



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