Shikhar Dhawan scored a brilliant 134 in the first innings of the first Test at Galle © AFP
Shikhar Dhawan scored a brilliant 134 in the first innings of the first Test at Galle © AFP

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the India tour of Sri Lanka 2015, following a hairline fracture on his right hand, took to Twitter to express his grief over having to leave his teammates in the middle of the tour. He said, “Will bounce back stronger!” Dhawan, 29, injured his right hand during the first Test in Galle which India lost by 63 runs on Saturday to concede the lead in the three-match series. Dhawan, who hit a century in the first innings at Galle, will miss both the second Test starting at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday and also the final match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in the Sri Lankan capital from August 28.

“He (Dhawan) underwent tests that confirmed a hairline fracture in his hand. He would require four to six weeks to recover from the injury,” a statement from the team management said. No replacement has been named, but the injury to the in-form left-hander left India in trouble after the other opener, Lokesh Rahul, was dismissed for seven and five at Galle. Top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is waiting in the wings, while India had already summoned all-rounder Stuart Binny to join the squad as the 16th member before Dhawan’s non-availability was confirmed. Dhawan has scored 1,158 runs in 15 Tests at an average of 44.53 with four centuries.