Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Shikhar Dhawan fractures left thumb, World Cup participation in doubt

Shikhar Dhawan fractures left thumb, World Cup participation in doubt

ESPNcricinfo is reporting Dhawan has gone to Leeds to undergo scans, and an update on his injury will be provided on Wednesday (NZT).

During the course of his innings, the 33-year-old looked in considerable pain after being hit by a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Should Dhawan miss a further match, he will sit out India's fourth fixture of the World Cup, against Pakistan, starting on Sunday night (NZT).

Dhawan was coming into this World Cup on the back of a successful IPL campaign, where he scored 521 runs in 16 matches at an average of 34.73 for the Delhi Capitals.

In such a case, BCCI will not name a replacement.

Dhawan's possible replacement in the World Cup might be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant.

In Dhawan's absence, India are likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma and KLRahul, which would mean the Virat Kohli-led side would have to, once again, make a decision on the number four slot, which was, at the moment, was filled by Rahul.

Bummed about #ShikharDhawan's exclusion for 3 weeks...the upcoming games won't be the same without him. No can replace you in ICC tournaments.... Extreme loss for India.

A huge blow for Team India as their talismanic opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for three weeks with a thumb injury that he had sustained during India's CWC 2019 game against Australia.

The left thumb has been a long-standing issue for Dhawan.

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