In a massive blow to Indian Cricket Team, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for 3 weeks from the 2019 Cricket World Cup due to Thumb injury. Dhawan was hit on the left thumb in the previous game against Australia at The Oval.
Shikhar Dhawan has been a key player for the Indian team in ICC Tournaments and his injury is a big blow to the two times World Champions. He has exceptional records in ICC Tournaments including 6 hundred. Out of these, two came in 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan played a match-winning knock against the defending champion on Sunday and scored 117 runs. Dhawan was rewarded with the “player of the match” award for his astonishing innings against the Aussies. After the match, he went for the scan and the report revealed he has fracture.
Because of the fractured left thumb, he will not feature in any of India’s World Cup games for the next three weeks. Shikhar Dhawan will miss the games against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, and England, all these matches are scheduled to take place within these three weeks.
Since Dhawan has been ruled out, KL Rahul is likely to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar may make their way to the playing 11.
In likely environment, Rishabh Pant or Ambati Rayudu may replace Shikhar Dhawan.