Huge blow for India; Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019

Huge blow for India; Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup for 3 weeks with a fractured thumb.

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In last match against Australia, the left hander had been hit on his left thumb.

Dhawan had sustained the injury on Sunday but went on to score a match-winning 117 against Australia. He had gone for a scan on Monday and the report reveals he has a fracture.

Shikhar Dhawan will therefore, not be able to play India’s upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England – as all the matches are scheduled to be played in June.

Shikhar Dhawan is a key player for India in ICC tournaments where he has 6 hundreds. In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored 2 hundreds.

In 2019, after a poor start against South Africa, Dhawan smashed 117 to set up a 36-run win for India.

Shikhar Dhawan was named man-of-the-match for his innings and his injury is a huge blow to India who along with England are considered favourites.

In this scenario, KL Rahul is most likely to open with Rohit Sharma with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar likely to slot in the middle order.

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