Team India’s star opener Shikhar Dhawan will miss the World Cup for another three weeks due to the thumb injury. Shikhar Dhawan was named man-of-the-match for his sterling innings in the previous match where he was hit on the thumb while facing Pat Cummin’s bouncer and his injury is a huge blow to India who is hot favourites to win the World Cup this year.
On Sunday, Dhawan sustained injury and went on playing to score terrific 117 but was rested from fielding in the second innings. 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 these matches are scheduled to be played in June..
So, Dhawan will be replaced by KL Rahul in the opening slot and either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will seal that most discussed No:4 spot in this scenario. Until now, no back up player has been called by the BCCI but sources say that either Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant will be called for safety. Shikhar Dhawan is a key player for India in ICC tournaments where he has 6 centuries. India need to find some balance immediately with Dhawan’s absence to secure the title.