London/New Delhi: According to the BCCI, the injury of Shikhar Dhawan will be monitored. No decision has been taken on his replacement so far. Dhawan will still be with Team India.
Opener Dhawan, who scored a magnificent century against Australia, got injured in the match. Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile’s bouncer had hit Dhawan’s thumb, after which he was treated on the field. In spite of the injury, Dhawan continued his innings and scored his 17th century in ODIs.
Dhawan out of matches against New Zealand, Pakistan
Dhawan will remain out for three weeks, beginning with the match against New Zealand on Thursday. After this, he will not play in the match against Pakistan on Sunday. Even against Afghanistan, West Indies, England and Bangladesh, Dhawan will find it difficult to play.
If Dhawan regains fitness at the right time, he can play against Sri Lanka in the last league match of the World Cup.
Team India in a tizzy
The ruling out of Shikhar Dhawan for the next few matches is a big setback for Team India. The pair of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma was giving India a strong start. The left-hand batsman is generally in his elements at ICC tournaments. Dhawan has an average of 53.70 in the World Cup. He has scored 537 runs in 10 matches in this tournament. Dhawan has scored three centuries and a fifty in all the World Cup tournaments.
Rishabh Pant a probable
While the statement from the BCCI does not talk of a replacement of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant could go to England for the purpose. He may catch the flight for England in the next 48 hours.
Pant recently played 16 matches in the Indian Premier League 2019. This Delhi Capitals player scored 488 runs at an average of 37.53. During this period, his strike rate was 162.66, while his highest score was 78 not out.