India hold breath on Dhawan thumb injury


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.

The left-handed batsman suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile but still went on to complete his 17th one-day worldwide century. In the second innings of the game, Dhawan could not take the field and was substituted by Ravindra Jadeja throughout the 50 overs.

Dhawan had gone for a scan on Monday and the report reveals he has a fracture.

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. The injury comes as a big setback for India, as the southpaw, considered a big-game player, has an impeccable record in ICC tournaments. He had scored 2 hundreds in the last edition of the World Cup in 2015.

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According to the sources, Shikhar Dhawan's possible replacement could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant.

Now its interesting to see whether KL Rahul will open again or will he be made to stay at No.4 only? The left-hander has scored six centuries in ICC tournaments.

- Sarthak Maiti (@SarthakMaiti) June 11, 2019Shikhar Dhawan is out for 3 weeks due to thumb injury.