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India in South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan uncertain for Cape Town Test

Shikhar Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday.
Shikhar Dhawan's participation in the first Test against South Africa starting on January 5 looks to be doubtful.
The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.
Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday.
He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.
"Shikhar Dhawans ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is travelling with the team. However, it cant be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not," a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
Dhawan has been in good form after making his comeback to Test cricket in Sri Lanka and has hit 550 runs from eight innings, including two hundreds. He was expected to play the first Test alongside Murali Vijay. However, if he is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with Vijay.
As per the selection pattern of the Indian teams whenever there has been an injury concern, the fourth opener currently would be Tamil Nadu's Abhinav Mukund, who had scored 82 in his last Test appearance in Sri Lanka.
India will fly for South Africa soon and will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.

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