Shikhar Dhawan was at his devastating best in the five-ODI series in Sri Lanka    AFP
Shikhar Dhawan was at his devastating best in the five-ODI series in Sri Lanka AFP

Rohit Sharma is yet to captain India, and he already has a legion of problems to puzzle out. Kedar Jadhav was ruled out of the ODI series between India and Sri Lanka due to hamstring injury on Saturday evening. There are now reports that Rohit’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is down with fever and may opt out of the first ODI at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.

Dhawan was at his devastating best in the five-ODI series in Sri Lanka: he scored 190 runs in 4 matches. Although he did not participate in the ODI series against Australia due to personal reasons, he played a valiant innings at Pune against New Zealand.

India will miss the services of Dhawan, especially given the fact that they will be playing without Kohli and Jadhav. If that happens, Ajinkya Rahane will open with Rohit, who will become India’s 24th ODI captain and 39th across formats.

India will dethrone South Africa from the No. 1 spot in ICC ODI Rankings if they thrash Sri Lanka 3-0. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka have already been drubbed 5-0 this year and have lost 12 ODIs in a row.