Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for three weeks due to the thumb injury he picked up while batting against Australia on Sunday, according to various reports.
Shikhar underwent several tests earlier today to determine the degree of the injury on his swollen left thumb.
He is likely to miss the rest of the world cup, as the recovery time is believed to be about one month. He didn’t travel to Nottingham where Indian team will face New Zealand on Thursday.
Shikhar battled with pain and went on to score 117 with a fractured thumb. He was not on the field for the second innings as Ravindra Jadeja replaced him.
Both the Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma stitched a gritty opening partnership of 127 runs and other batsmen also contributed to guide India’s total to 352/5. In reply, Australia did give a tough fight to the Indian bowlers but were bundled out for 316. Fifties from David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey weren’t enough on the day.
Despite the injury he was in good mood after scoring a hundered. Inspired from a dialogue of famous Bollywood timeless classic film Sholay, Dhawan tweeted:“Saara Oval muje Gabbar ke naam se jaanta hai”.
Saara Oval muje गब्बर ke naam se jaanta hai. ? pic.twitter.com/EEkyrSVeIB
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 9, 2019
Who’ll replace Dhawan in the squad?
Rishabh Pant will replace Shikhar in the squad, reports suggest.
Moreover, KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma but who will bat at no. 4? Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar or Rishabh Pant.
For the upcoming match against New Zealand, India will have to pick someone from the existing squad.
“We are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. it’s a great sign for this team and happy for this man of the match. we are very happy with this performance overall,” said Shikhar after the match.
Out of 20 innings in an ICC event, Shikhar Dhawan has scored 6 Centuries and 4 half-centuries. But, he hasn’t been in great form recently.