Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of CWC 2019
Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the news has been confirmed on Wednesday.
He hurt his left thumb in the match against Australia on June 9 which was later diagnosed as a hairline fracture. India came to win the match comfortably. He went through precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.
IANS quoted sources saying that the 33-year old opener will take more than two weeks to recover from the fracture.
“Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out. He is not in a position to take part in the World Cup,”
the source said.
He was initially ruled out for two matches against New Zealand and Pakistan. There was a complete washout of the New Zealand match later and against Pakistan, KL Rahul opened with Rohit Sharma in place of Dhawan. Together they built a record 136 runs opening partnership with Rahul scoring 57.
The left-handed Dhawan scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia propelling India to build a massive total of 352 on the board.
India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar earlier said that the team management did not want to rule out injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.
“We will take at least 10-12 days to take a call on Shikhar’s condition. We don’t want to rule out a precious player like him,” Bangar told the media before their World Cup clash against New Zealand.
Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant had joined with the team prior to the match against Pakistan. He will now replace Dhawan in the squad.