Mumbai: Opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen limping at the team hotel before team India’s departure to South Africa from Mumbai on Wednesday. His left-ankle was heavily strapped. He seems to be doubtful for the first Test against the Proteas at Capetown starting Jan 5.
Dhawan was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone an MRI scan. A BCCI official said the physio is yet to submit any reports on Dhawan and he will be travelling with the team but it’s unclear whether he will play the first Test starting next week.
If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with the dependable Murali Vijay. All the three Indian openers have been in great form ahead of the tour and have been involved in a tough fight for a place in eleven.
If Dhawan is ruled out due to his injury, India could name Abhinav Mukund as his replacement. It could also pave way for return of Gautam Gambhir who scored consistently in the Ranji Trophy to take Delhi in Finals.