Shikhar Dhawan fractures left thumb, further World Cup participation in doubt

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup for 3...

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

India's World Cup campaign received a major jolt on Tuesday with in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out of action for three weeks.

He looked in considerable pain but carried on to score 117 off 109 balls.

According to a report in India Today, Dhawan, who scored a brilliant century against Australia in India's 36-run win on Sunday (9 June) was hit on his left thumb during his innings, but continued to bat.

Indian National Cricket Team have had a great start to their ICC World Cup 2019 winning the first two games beating South Africa and Australia. After he went for a scan on Monday, the result showed that he had suffered a suspected fracture.

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Thus, the 33-year-old will not be featuring in Indian colours for the entire month of June and will miss India's upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, and Hosts England (all of which are to be played in June) in the World Cup. Ravindra Jadeja took the field in his place.

Dhawan is a big-match player especially in ICC tournaments where he has scored 6 hundreds so far.

In Dhawan's absence, KL Rahul is likely to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma, with either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar slotted to come in the middle order.

According to the sources, Shikhar Dhawan's possible replacement could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant. It was also the highest total conceded by Australia in the history of the World Cup.

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