Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
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Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup Due To Thumb Injury

Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup Due To Thumb Injury

India's woes at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in terms of injuries continue as the BCCI have confirmed that Shikhar Dhawan has sustained a fracture in his hand.

The BCCI in a statement had said, "Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team". Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on June 9.

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had earlier said that the team management did not want to rule out injured opener Dhawan and wanted to observe his progress.

"Dhawan has been ruled out".

There was a lot of hoopla over Pant's omission from the World Cup squad with former India captain Sourav Ganguly going to the extent of saying that Virat Kohli and Co. will miss the big-hitting keeper-batsman in the mega event. Rishabh Pant to replace him in the squad. "Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam: Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand. We have requested Rishab Pant as the replacement".

Dhawan's place at the top of the batting lineup was taken by KL Rahul, who was bumped up from the middle order to open against Pakistan at Old Trafford last Sunday. "He is not in a position to take part in the World Cup", the source was quoted by IANS. He will remain in a cast until mid-July which rules him out of ICC World Cup. Their game against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. India next face Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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