India’s world cup hopes suffered a big blow as in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the ongoing world cup for three weeks due to thumb fracture. The southpaw got hit on his thumb in the match against Australia which raised concerns for the team management. Dhawan went onto score a match winning hundred for the team but didn’t come to field in the second innings after which Ravindra Jadeja was sent as a substitute fielder.
Dhawan was hit twice in the match- first in the 9th over bowled by Patt Cummins when he was batting at 24 and second in the 40th over when he took a blow on a sharp uprising bowl by Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The 33-year-old went for a scan in Leeds with team physio Patrick Farhart on Tuesday where it was revealed that he had a fractured thumb. Team India reached Nottingham on Monday- the host city for India vs New Zealand clash which takes place on 13th June.
Virat Kohli gives an update about the injury
India’s clash against New Zealand was washed-off as rain spoiled the play at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The umpires finally called-off the game as the wet outfield was bound to make it a injury prone venue. Post the call-off, Virat Kohli gave an update about Shikhar Dhawan’s injury.
“Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks, we’ll assess and see. Hopefully he’ll be available for the later half and the semi-finals. He’s motivated, we wanted to keep him back,” Kohli said.
India will next face a stern test of Pakistan in the next game that takes place on Sunday in Manchester.
Rishabh Pant called as a cover for Shikhar Dhawan
The selectors called Rishabh Pant to join the team in England as a back-up option for Shikhar Dhawan. The Roorkee born Delhi bound cricketer has left for England and will be joining the team in Manchester.