Big Blow For Punjab Kings! Shikhar Dhawan Suffers Shoulder Injury, Out For At Least A Week

Speaking at a press conference after the Punjab Kings' last-over loss in a low-scoring match against the Rajasthan Royals in Mullanpur, coach Sanjay Bangar first said that Shikhar Dhawan could be out for "at least a couple of days", and later said that it could be "at least seven-ten days".
Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot.

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In what has come as a huge blow to Punjab Kings' already fledgling IPL 2024 campaign, skipper Shikhar Dhawan has suffered a shoulder injury and can be out for at least a week. If it is a week, he could miss two IPL 2024 games, against the Mumbai Indians (April 18) and against the Gujarat Titans (April 21), both at home in Mullanpur.
Speaking at a press conference after Punjab's last-over loss in a low-scoring match against the Rajasthan Royals in Mullanpur, coach Sanjay Bangar first said that Dhawan could be out for "at least a couple of days", and later said that it could be "at least seven-ten days".
On Saturday, the Kings had a rather quick start to their innings with 26 runs coming in the first three overs as Atharva Taide, who came in for injured captain Dhawan, hammered a couple of boundaries off pacer Kuldeep Sen.
"He's having a shoulder injury, so he is likely to be out for at least a couple of days, I would say. Having an experienced opener, somebody like Shikhar, who has experience of playing on such wickets, becomes extremely crucial [for the team]," Bangar said.
"We have to wait and see how he responds to the treatment. At the moment, it seems that he could be out of action for at least seven-ten days," Bangar added.
In Dhawan's absence, England allrounder Sam Curran walked out for the toss for Punjab, which led to confusion among a few, since wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma had attended the skippers' conference in Chennai prior to the start of IPL 2024.
"No, no, he [Jitesh] wasn't the designated vice-captain. The impression could have been because he attended the captains' seminar, or meeting, at the start of the IPL. But the thought was always that… because Sam has led the team in the previous year as well; he was late to arrive from UK and he wanted to have a few [training] sessions, that's the reason we couldn't send him to Chennai," Bangar said.
"It wasn't the case that Jitesh was the stand-in captain. We were very clear in our mind that if at all there had to be an opening, Sam Curran will be taking over and do the job as the captain," Bangar added.
Dhawan has not had a brilliant time of it with the bat in IPL 2024, but is Punjab's highest run-getter at this stage with 152 runs from five innings, scoring at an average of 30.4 and a strike rate of 125.61.
PBKS next play the Mumbai Indians on April 18 at home.
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