India’s opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup due to a fractured thumb he sustained during the game played against Australia at The Oval. On Wednesday, the team management has made formal announcement as Rishabh Pant has named as replacement for injured Dhawan in the India’s 15-man squad.
The 33-year old smashed a hundred as India registered a comfortable win over Australia. The left-hander underwent scans on his left thumb and after further examination it was revealed that he can longer take part in the ongoing World Cup. After consulting specialists, it was Dhawan has suffered a fracture in his left hand. India’s Team Manager, Sunil Subramamanian, said that, “Rishabh Pant has been named as a replacement for Dhawan.”
Dhawan suffered from a fractured thumb as he was struck by a rising delivery bowled by Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins. He managed to play through the pain and received treatment for his injury on the field. He smashed a splendid century to help India post a mammoth score on the board. Dhawan did not take the field in the second innings and was later seen holding an ice pack over his thumb.
In the absence of Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul is likely candidate to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma for big clash against arch-rivals Pakistan. India has suffered a big blow as left-hander was most prominent figure in the batting department along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Vijay Shankar will take the middle-order position and can offer useful overs with his medium-pace.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant was tried by selectors in the middle-order for the home one-day series against Australia. Wicket-keeper batsman failed to produce decent scores with the bat to lose out his place in the 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup. Dinesh Karthik retained his place in the World Cup squad