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India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the first three ODIs against Australia due to family reasons.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Dhawan asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grant him a leave of absence in order for him to take care of his wife, who is unwell.
It has been confirmed that no replacement will be brought in for Dhawan as opener Lokesh Rahul and batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who has opened in the past, are in the squad.
Dhawan has been in stellar form as of late as he was the top-scorer at the Champions Trophy in June with 338 runs, which included a century and two fifties, in five matches at an average of 67.60.
He followed that up with 161 runs at an average of 32.20 in five ODIs against the West Indies. In India’s next ODI assignment, which came against Sri Lanka, Dhawan accumulated 190 runs in four matches at an average of 63.33.
India’s five-match ODI series against Australia will get underway on Sunday in Chennai.