Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup for atleast three weeks due to a fractured thumb. He suffered from the injury on his left thumb during India’s game against Australia played at Kennington Oval in London on Sunday.
Left-hander went on to score a splendid 117 runs against Australia. He sustained the injury while batting and had gone through a further examination to reveal a fracture on his thumb. Dhawan will not play for India in the upcoming games that will be played in World Cup. This means he will miss games against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England.
He is vital cog in India’s star-studded batting lineup in white-ball cricket. In ICC mega tournaments, Dhawan has smashed six centuries for India. In previous edition of World Cup, Dhawan smashed two hundreds for India. Left-hander was leading-run scorer for the side with 412 runs in 8 matches at an average of 51.50.
Dhawan perished for a low score against South Africa at Southampton but came strongly to deliver a scintillating ton against Australia at The Oval. Due to splendid innings, India managed to post a mammoth score on the board.
Since June 2018, Dhawan has scored 1119 runs in 28 matches at an average of 41.44 with four centuries to his name. During this period, he has scored two half-centuries as well. In the absence of Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul is expected to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma for India’s next game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will fight out it for a place in the middle-order. India will be hoping that Rahul can deliver the goods at the top of the innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has named as cover for injured Dhawan, who is expected to remain in the UK to regain full fitness and form for knockout stages.