Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

India decide to keep Dhawan in World Cup squad despite injured opener facing three weeks out

Dhawan injury in focus ahead of India´s New Zealand clash

Dhawan will miss India's next three games - against New Zealand (Thursday), Pakistan (Sunday) and Afghanistan (June 22) - owing to a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

Either Shreyas Iyer or Rishab Pant could be the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan who has so far scored three centuries in World Cup matches. His injury will be a major blow for India as the team will now be without one of its star batsmen. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have now called in Rishabh Pant as cover for the injured Dhawan.

Team physio Patrick Farhart is assessing Dhawan's injury after the batsman was taken to Leeds for detailed scans.

The Indian team was forced to limit their practice session to mere throwdowns on the eve of the New Zealand encounter due to the gloomy weather and wet patches in the outfield.

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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.

"The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored". KL Rahul is likely to be Rohit Sharma's opening partner for India's third game World Cup and the duo will look to provide a solid start for the middle order to cash-in later. He was also India's top run-scorer at the last World Cup.

India will lock horns with New Zealand tomorrow at Trent Bridge.

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