In a major setback for Team India, its opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for three weeks due to a left thumb fracture. According to reports, KL Rahul is being seen as a replacement for Dhawan and will open the game with Rohit Sharma in the coming matches. India’s next match is against New Zealand on Thursday, June 13 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. There are reports that Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are also in contention to replace Dhawan. A BCCI source told PTI that it might take a month for him to fully recover. India is scheduled to play against Pakistan (June 16), Afghanistan (June 22), West Indies (June 27) and England (June 30) this month. Dhawan, one of the most sought after opening batsmen of Team India, suffered the thumb injury during the game against Australia. Dhawan’s 117 runs (off 109 balls) powered India to register a 36-run victory over the Aussies. After winning the toss, captain Virat Kohli elected to bat first and India posted a challenging score of 352 runs for the loss of five wickets. Dhawan was hit on the left thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile. Inspite of the injury, the left-handed batsman continued to bat with a taped thumb. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put up an opening partnership of 127 runs during the match. When it was time for Australia to bat, Ravindra Jadeja came in as a substitute fielder for Dhawan. Patrick Farhart has looked after Dhawan’s initial treatment and specialists are being consulted for better clarity on his availability. After their victory against South Africa in their World Cup opening match, India registered their second consecutive win of the tournament at The Oval on Sunday.
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July 2, 2019
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