New Delhi – India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will miss
the first three one-day internationals against Australia to be with his ailing
wife, the Indian cricket board said on Thursday.
The Virat Kohli-led India, who edged out Australia 2-1 in a
Test series earlier this year, will begin the five-match ODI series in Chennai
“Team India opener Mr Shikhar Dhawan has requested to
be released from the team for the first three ODIs,” said a Board of
Control for Cricket in India statement. It added that Dhawan wanted “to
attend to his wife, who is unwell.”
The BCCI did not name a replacement. Back-up openers Lokesh
Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are already in the 15-man squad.
The hosts will also play three Twenty20 matches against
Steve Smith’s Australia.