In a major blow to the Indian team, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup for 3 weeks due to his fractured thumb. He injured himself when he was hit by a bouncer from Australian bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile at The Oval on Sunday.
After undergoing scans on Tuesday, it was confirmed that Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb was fractured and it could take a month for complete recovery. This means that Dhawan will not be in a position to play the matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England.
Since it is a big injury, India might get permission to bring in a replacement for Dhawan with Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer being the frontrunners to this position. If India does not get permission, KL Rahul will open with Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar might fill in at No.4
Shikhar Dhawan’s injury is disappointing to the fans as he has contributed with some vital knocks during World Cups. He hit two centuries in 2015 and recently, a match –winning 117 runs against Australia.
Let’s wait and watch to see how the team performs without their favourite opener against New Zealand on Thursday
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