Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup

India opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup

He finished with 117 against Australia.

Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a thumb injury during the match against Australia.

Pant was brought in as cover for Dhawan after the team management made a decision to wait on the senior opener's recovery but assessment of the injury this week did not throw up encouraging results. The India opener suffered a hairline fracture to his left thumb during his century against Australia last Sunday and hasn't recovered well enough to play the tournament.

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Speaking after New Zealand game, India skipper Virat Kohli had said, "He's (Dhawan) gonna be in a plaster for a couple of weeks and then, we'll assess where he stands".

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. Rishabh Pant to replace him in the squad.

Meanwhile, Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam has said,"Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand". Rishabh Pant was called by BCCI ahead of clash against Pakistan to join the team for precautionary measures. It also followed it up with another tweet which said, "Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19". KL Rahul opened the innings for the game against Pakistan and did well scoring a half-century and India will have to bank on him now to come good for the rest of the event. India next face Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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