Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

Dhawan, who was the "Player of the Match" in India's World Cup win over Australia at the Oval on Sunday, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile. With Dhawan out of action now, KL Rahul looks set to open alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming games.

The weather forecast for Nottingham is for heavy rain from Monday to about 7pm on Wednesday, when it will be replaced by lighter rain.

Dhawan was injured during India's match against Australia in which he scored 117. India have beaten New Zealand six times in their last 7 encounters.

India on Tuesday put Shikhar Dhawan under observation over a hand injury that could sideline the batsman for at least two weeks at the World Cup. "The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored", said a BCCI statement.

Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day worldwide century. He was also India's top run-scorer at the last World Cup.

There were calls from various quarters that Rishabh Pant should be called in as the replacement if Dhawan is unable to reach full fitness and is ruled out of the tournament.

Shikhar will be unavailable for India's matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies and England.

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