Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of India’s World Cup campaign
New Delhi: In a huge blow to India’s 2019 World Cup campaign, opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for three weeks owing to his injured thumb.
Dhawan had injured his left thumb during India’s match against defending champions Australia on Sunday at The Oval. However, he went on to score a match-winning 117 against Australia. He was also adjudged the Man of the Match for the same match.
The swashbuckling opener had gone for a scan on Monday and the reports revealed that he has a fracture.
Shikhar Dhawan will, therefore, not be able to play India’s upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England – all these matches are scheduled to be played in June.
Dhawan has a great track record for ICC tournaments and his injury might be a huge blow for team India.
In the current scenario, KL Rahul will most likely open with Rohit Sharma with Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Kartik filling the Number 4 slot.
Designated standbys Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are in contention to replace Dhawan.