Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup for three weeks
India have been hit with a massive injury blow as their star opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of World Cup for three weeks after suffering thumb injury during the match against Australia on Monday, June 9 at The Oval in London.
He had been hit to his left side thumb by a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile during his splendid 109-ball 117 against the Aussies. He continued batting after the blow but didn’t come to the field in the second innings of that match.
Then he was sent for a scan at the hospital. India team physio Pattrick Farhart said that he would take a final call on his availability. After that, the scan report reveals that he has a fracture on his left thumb and it will take at least 3 weeks to recover from that nasty blow.
Dhawan will miss India’s next five matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England. All these matches are scheduled to be happened in this month. It has been a huge blow for the India undoubtedly as Dhawan has been their reliance in the top-order for many times. He had been also in superb form in this year’s World Cup. He played a match winning knock against Australia in their last match and was also adjusted man of the match for his excellent batting.
India will face much dilemma in replacing their one of the most important batsman. It has not decided yet who will replace him but it is evident that wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul will open with Rohit Sharma in the upcoming matches. Rahul has all the experience in opening the innings as he did this for Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL) for many years. Rahul also opened for India in some matches. And for this, India could go for Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar to fill the void in the middle-order.