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Injured Dhawan doubtful for first Test

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Shikhar Dhawan Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is likely to miss the first Test. File photo: PTI

Mumbai: Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan appears to be a doubtful starter for the first Test against South Africa, starting January 5, due to an ankle injury.

Before Indian team's departure, Dhawan was seen entering the team hotel limping with his left-ankle heavily strapped.

He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone an MRI scan.

"Shikhar Dhawan's ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is traveling with the team. However, it can't be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test or not," a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with the dependable Murali 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.

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