Injured India opener Shikhar Dhawan will be under observation as he strives to recover from a thumb fracture he picked up during the Australia game, the BCCI said on Tuesday. IANS has learned that the fracture line has only been detected on CT scan and no fracture was detected post-X-ray.
In a massive blow to Team India, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for at least three weeks due to a swollen thumb. The left-hander picked up the injury while batting against Australia in the last game, where he scored a hundred.
Massive blow to Team INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan Injured
The injury is a massive blow to the side, who will struggle to find an equally aggressive opening partner. KL Rahul, who often struggles for consistency, will be the player to replace him at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma. However, the left hand-right-hand combination that had worked so well for the Men in Blue over the last six years will be sorely missed.
Given the fact that Dhawan was in good form. He scored a hundred in the last game. And that he always brings out his best in ICC events, makes his loss a huge one. The Delhiite had scored his sixth hundred in ICC events in the game against Australia. Now Virat Kohli will need to tinker with a winning combination when they meet New Zealand next on June 13.
No replacement has been named thus far.
Who will be the number 4 for India in the World Cup?
I think Vijay Shankar will play at no-4. But if Virat Kohli inducts KL Rahul in the team. Then K.L Rahul may bat at No-3 and then Virat Kohli may bat at No-4. Rishabh Pant may get a chance as a replacement for Kedar Jadhav in the team. If Rishabh Pant plays, then there is a probability that he may bat at No-4. Even Dhoni batting at No-4 letting Dinesh Kartik finish the job can’t be ruled out. But still, the cloud of uncertainty is hovering on no-4 batting position of Indian Cricket team