Shikhar after getting dismissed in a warm-up game vs NZ | Picture Courtesy: BCCI

Shikhar Dhawan posted an inspirational Shayari on his twitter handle, taking lines from Dr Rahat Indori’s poem, signalling his intentions.

“Kabhi mehek ki tarah hum gulon se udte hain… Kabhi dhuyein ki tarah hum parbaton se udte hain… Ye kainchiyaan humein udne se khaak rokengi… Ke hum paron se nahin hoslon se udte hain,” Dhawan tweeted.

Shikhar has been kept under observation by the BCCI and hasn’t travelled to Nottingham with the squad.

Rishabh Pant has been asked by the BCCI to join the squad as a back for Dhawan and will start training immediately for being match ready.

India faces New Zealand tomorrow at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, aiming to level their head-2-head with New Zealand in Shikhar’s absence.

The Kiwis lead 4-3 overall in the World cup, while India defeated New Zealand last time these two sides met back in 2003. However, India was defeated comprehensively by New Zealand in the warm-up game on May 25. Trent Boult broke the backbone of Indian top order as India’s collapsed for just 179 and the Kiwis won the match by 6 wickets.

India won the match in 2003 by 7 wickets after dismissing New Zealand for 146 | Picture Courtesy: ICC


New Zealand: 4 Wins (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999)

India: 3 Wins (twice in 1987, 2003)

New Zealand is currently on top of the ICC World Cup 2019 points table with three wins out of three but this unbeaten record will be put to test when they face India at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Former coach Mike Hesson believes the Black Caps need to make a couple of changes keeping the opposition in mind. The former coach also believes that Nicholls is a better option to tackle spinners in the middle order.



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