Here’s Why Shikhar Dhawan Not Playing Tonight: Lucknow Super Giants is taking on Punjab Kings in game number 21 of the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League. Ahead of the game, the Punjab side suffered a huge blow as they will have to play the game without the services of their regular captain Shikhar Dhawan.
Yes, the fans were left surprised as Sam Curran walked out for the toss instead of the regular captain Dhawan. Notably, Dhawan suffered a niggle in Punjab Kings’ previous game against Gujarat Titans and was deemed unfit for the ongoing game. In his absence, Sam Curran has been given the responsibility to lead the team.
Why is Shikhar Dhawan not playing tonight?
This is for the first time that the star all-rounder Curran will be seen leading a side in the Indian Premier League.
Well, Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will leave a massive void in the PBKS’ side as he has been the leading run-getter in the ongoing tournament. He has been in red-hot form and has amassed 233 runs in 4 games so far. Atharva Taide will open the innings in his absence.
Meanwhile, after winning the toss, Sam gave a big update about Dhawan’s unavailability for the game and also revealed the reason behind it. Sam revealed the injury that Dhawan picked in the last game and also revealed that the nature of the injury is known but he soon will be back in action. He also pointed out how massive a miss the opener will be for the team. He said:
“We’ll bowl first. Something we haven’t done all season so just needed a change-up. Also, our first toss that we have won this season. Shilkhar picked up an injury last game, don’t know how bad it is but hopefully he won’t be out long. His absence is huge, we’ve got two Indian batters coming in and Raza is back in the XI. The conditions looks good.”
PBKS vs LSG: Playing XI And Impact Player List Of Both The Teams
Punjab Kings Playing XI:
Atharva Taide, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Punjab Kings Subs:
Prabhsimran Singh, Nathan Ellis, Mohit Rathee, Rishi Dhawan
Lucknow Super Giants Playing XI:
KL Rahul(c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ayush Badoni, Avesh Khan, Yudhvir Singh Charak, Mark Wood, Ravi Bishnoi
Lucknow Super Giants Subs:
Amit Mishra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jaydev Unadkat, Prerak Mankad, Daniel Sams