Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of CWC with thumb fracture

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

"We have requested the ICC for Rishabh pant as a replacement", he said. India will play their next match against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl, Southampton on 22nd June.

Dhawan had injured his finger during the game against Australia.

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir expressed his disappointment after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 with a fractured left thumb.

India has made a flying start to the competition having won all three of its completed matches and sharing the points with New Zealand in a washout. Since Rahul was moved up the order, Vijay Shankar was included in the XI and now India have the option to fielding Pant in the final XI.

It is learnt that the swashbuckling opener, who played through pain to score a hundred against Australia, "had no chance" of recovering in time. However, it is confirmed that the southpaw batsman has been ruled out with a thumb injury.

Injured Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup, Rishabh Pant Replaces Him
Dhawan was always running against time to be fit for the match against England, scheduled for June 30 in Birmingham . However, the Indian team-management made a decision to keep their star opener under observation.

Dhawan has been a vital part of the Indian batting line-up along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and will be a huge miss going forward, but this could open up a spot for K.L. Rahul at the top. "Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam: Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand".

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was flown in as a cover and joined the team before Sunday's victory against Pakistan, is set to be named as Dhawan's replacement.

"Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until July, mid-July, which rules him out of the ICC World Cup 2019".

As a effect, the 21-year-old Pant, whose omission from the original squad had kicked up a storm given his exceptional form in the past one year, has got the big break.

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