Shikhar Dhawan has been reported for suspect bowling action after the fourth Test match between India and South Africa that was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Dhawan has rarely bowled in international cricket. In the second innings of the fourth Test match, India were getting through the overs quickly so that skipper Virat Kohli could throw the new ball to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in order to break the partnership between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers. To quickly run through the overs, Kohli gave the ball to Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and Dhawan as well.
Dhawan bowled just three overs in that spell and gave away nine runs. He bowled a maiden over too. And now after India lifted the coveted trophy on Monday, the match officials reported Dhawan's action.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced this news via a press release on Wednesday.
Let us have a look at what the release said:
"India's Shikhar Dhawan has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the fourth Test against South Africa, which the host won in New Delhi on Monday. The match officials' report, which was handed over to the India team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 30-year-old's off-spin deliveries.
"Dhawan's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Dhawan is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known."