Punjab Kings take on the in-form Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on a warm Saturday evening. Sam Curran will be seen leading the Punjab Kings again in absence of Shikhar Dhawan. But the question is why is Shikhar Dhawan not playing? Read this article to find out.
Why is Shikhar Dhawan not playing against Mumbai Indians today?
Shikhar Dhawan is currently nursing a shoulder injury. He has missed the previous two games against Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 37-year-old sustained this injury while fielding against Gujrat Titans on March 13 at Mohali. Dhawan was leading the orange-cap race at that point. The management is monitoring his injury. He is recovering and well but not 100% fit yet. Hence, he will miss the clash against Mumbai Indians tonight. The good news is that he is around in the practice sessions so his return might not be far. The Punjab Kings fielding coach said in an interview he could be back in action in the next 2 – 3 days. Despite missing all these games, he is still there in the list of top 10 run-getters. Punjab and their fans will hope they see their regular captain back in the next game against Lucknow Super Giants at Mohali.
Sam Curran who is the stand-in skipper for Shikhar Dhawan has done a decent job. He has a win and a loss apiece in his 2 outings as a captain. Curran has made 87 runs in six innings so far at an average of 21.75 and a strike rate of 117.56. With the ball, Curran has taken five wickets as well. He will look to lead the side to another win against the Mumbai Indians. Punjab Kings are currently 7th on the points table with 3 wins in 6 games.
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