Dhawan released for first three ODIs against Australia
New DelhiL India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been released from the team for the first three ODIs against Australia to attend to his wife, who is unwell.
"Team India opener Mr Shikhar Dhawan has requested to be released from the team for the first three ODIs of the Paytm Australia tour of India, 2017 to attend to his wife, who is unwell," a BCCI release stated. The Senior Selection Committee has decided not to name any replacement for Dhawan for the first three matches.
During the last series against Sri Lanka also, Dhawan had left after the One-day Internationals as his mother was unwell at that time.
Languid strokeplay might make his batting look easy but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma says making an international comeback after a six-month injury-forced layoff is easier said than done.
Rohit Sharma was out of competitive cricket for six months (from October 2016 to April 2017) after a major hamstring injury.
Since his comeback in ODIs during the Champions Trophy, he has scored three hundreds in 10 games apart from a few half centuries.
"Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It's all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears. My batting may look easy to the eye but trust me, it's not that easy," Rohit said in an interview.
Did he have fears that may be while stretching for a run or coming down the track to a spinner, he might get injured, Rohit laughed and said: "The best part that happened to me was IPL started just after I completed my rehab.
"So while captaining Mumbai Indians and taking those on- field decisions, I couldn't think about what happens if I get injured."
"And when I was playing for India, my mind became blank while batting. There was no place for any negativity," said the 30-year-old, who has 5737 runs from 163 ODIs, with 13 hundreds to his credit.
His supple wrists and sublime strokeplay may be a delight for fans but there is a lot of homework involved.
He explained how he successfully read mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya after his six-wicket haul in the second ODI against Sri Lanka during the recent away series.
"The half century was special but I didn't face Dananjaya much during that match. I was out only one over after he was brought into the attack. But in the next two games, I got hundreds and I had no problems playing him."