Shikhar Dhawan slams Emirates airlines after family left stranded at Dubai airport

Dubai: Shikhar Dhawan’s tour of South Africa started on a bitter note after his wife Aesha and their children weren’t allowed to board a flight from Dubai to South Africa. While other Team India members, led by skipper Virat Kohli, left India for the tour with their families on Thursday, Dhawan came across a big issue upon landing on the African continent.

The Indian opener’s family were denied from boarding the flight since they could not produce birth certificates for the children. Left unimpressed, the Delhi batsman hit back at airline service Emirates on Twitter for causing the inconvenience.

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 travelling with the team. However, it can’t be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then inform 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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