Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of cricket world-cup for at least 3 weeks due to a thumb injury that he sustained during his match-winning knock against Australia on Sunday.
Dhawan had traveled to Leeds to undergo scans on Monday morning and returned to Nottingham, where the team is staying. Later in the day, a BCCI spokesperson said that Dhawan would stay in the UK under observation and his progress will be monitored.
Dhawan was hit on the left thumb by Pat Cummins early in his innings of 117 on Sunday. For a while after being hit, Dhawan played with his bottom hand off the bat suggesting he is in some discomfort. But gradually adjusted to the pain as the innings progressed. However, Dhawan didn’t come out to the field during the second innings and was seen with an ice pack in his left hand in the dressing room.
Shikhar Dhawan is known to have an excellent record in ICC tournaments. He had won the golden bat in ICC champions trophy in 2013. Dhawan also played a major role in India’s success in 2015 World cup and 2017 Champions Trophy.
In Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul can open the innings for India and Dinesh Kartik or Vijay Shankar can be brought in to bat at number 4. This is if India decides not to name a replacement for Dhawan.
However, if Dhawan cannot be fit in time to make a return in the squad, Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer are likely to replace him in the squad.