Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of World Cup action, Indian Team Management staff confirmed on Wednesday.
Shikhar injured his thumb on June 9 in a win over Australia and was named Man of the Match for his hundred.
Since then, he has been kept under operation and was ruled out for three weeks initially.
But, He will not play any further part in the World Cup.
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.
“Following several specialist opinions, he’ll be in a cast till mid-July and is ruled out of the World Cup. Dhawan’s fracture is at the base of the first metacarpal on his left hand,” Sunil Subramaniam, India’s team manager, said. “We’ve requested for Rishabh Pant as a replacement.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019
Rishabh Pant will replace Shikhar in the squad and has been with Indian Squad since June 13. But, his whether he’ll play against Afghanistan or not? that’s a mystery.
He has been impressive for the past couple of years but has played only 5 ODIs so far.
Moreover, KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma just like they did against Pakistan.
Vijay Shankar replaced Shikhar Dhawan against Pakistan and took 2 crucial wickets, including the breakthrough.
India suffered another setback when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out for three matches due to a hamstring niggle.
“Bhuvneshwar is being assessed by team physio Patrick Farhart”, team’s trainer Shankar Basu said.
“Bhuvi’s case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, maximum of three games,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India hammered Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in Manchester.