Shikhar Dhawan backs 2 star artists to replace Washington Sundar in ODI series

Shikhar Dhawan backed 2 star performers to replace versatile Washington Sundar in Zimbabwe | Photo: Twitter/@BCCI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shikhar Dhawan has backed 2 star performers to replace the versatile Washington Sundar in Zimbabwe.
  • The versatile Sundar has been ruled out of the ODI series against Zimbabwe with a shoulder injury.
  • Shahbaz Ahmed replaced the injured Sundar for the ODI 3-game series.
India vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan has backed two stars to replace Washington Sundar in the upcoming One Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe. Star versatile player Sundar has been ruled out of the white ball series between India led by KL Rahul and Zimbabwe due to injury. Sundar was doubtful for the away series after the versatile bowler suffered a shoulder injury in Manchester.
Off-spinner Sundar suffered a shoulder injury while plying his trade with Lancashire County in the UK (UK). The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star will undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). On Tuesday, the versatile Shahbaz Ahmed was named as Sundar’s replacement for the entire ODI series between India and Zimbabwe. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the ODI series on Tuesday, veteran flyhalf Dhawan admitted that India will miss Sundar’s services in Zimbabwe.
“He’s quite an important player. We have a substitute now. Shahbaz (Ahmed) is coming. But we also have other spinners in the team. We have a fairly balanced squad. Kuldeep Yadav is there, Deepak Hooda balls out We will miss him (Sundar). At the same time, we also have a good backup. Very sad that Washington is out. It’s an integral part of our field, these things happen. Dhawan told reporters.

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Dhawan, who was relegated to vice-captain following Rahul’s return, believes the new substitute skipper will gain a lot from the Zimbabwe tour. India’s all-format fly-half Rahul will join India’s side for the 2022 Asian Cup following the conclusion of the Zimbabwe streak. “It’s a very good news that KL (Rahul) is back and will also be leading the team. He is one of the main players in this Indian team. It will be a good outing for him before the Cup starts. Asia. I’m sure he will gain a lot from this tour,” Dhawan added. India will meet the hosts of the 1st ODI at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

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