Injured Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup, Rishabh Pant Replaces Him

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had earlier said that the team management did not want to rule out injured opener Dhawan and wanted to observe his progress.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday was ruled out of the ongoing World Cup after suffering a fractured thumb against Australia at The Oval, a match Virat Kohli and Co won by 36 runs.

Dhawan, 33, picked up the injury on his left thumb during the June 9 clash against Australia in London and was initially ruled out of three games - against Pakistan (June 16), Afghanistan (June 22) and the West Indies (June 27). "We have requested Rishab Pant as the replacement", he said in the press conference.

He travelled to Leeds to meet a surgeon after that, where the hairline fracture was diagnosed. However, the Indian team-management made a decision to keep their star opener under observation.

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But the decision has been taken to rule him out of the tournament, paving the way for Rishabh Pant to come in as a replacement, with the highly-rated batsman joining the squad last week as injury cover.

Dhawan was always running against time to be fit for the match against England, scheduled for June 30 in Birmingham.

Dhawan's place at the top of the batting lineup was taken by KL Rahul, who was bumped up from the middle order to open against Pakistan at Old Trafford last Sunday.

India have had a great start to their World Cup campaign. Rishabh Pant to replace him in the squad. India continue to remain unbeaten in the World Cup so far. Their game against New Zealand was washed out due to rain.

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