NEW DELHI: In a major blow to the Indian team, opener Shikhar Dhawan, on Tuesday was ruled out for at least three weeks with a left thumb fracture. Dhawan, who was part of the playing XI during India’s clash against Australia, was hit by a Nathan Coulter-Nile bouncer in the first innings.
Dhawan however continued to play with the injury and scored 117 off 109 balls in a winning cause.
The left-hander also did not take the field during Australia’s run chase.
After undergoing scans on Tuesday, Dhawan was ruled out. Since it’s a big injury India will in all probability be allowed a replacement player. According to reports Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer could be the frontrunners as replacement players.
A BCCI source told PTI that Dhawan has sustained a fracture and it might take a month for him to fully recover. The World Cup, which started May 30, ends on July 14.
Speaking after the game, the Dhawan had said: “We are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. It’s a great sign for our team and I’m happy with this man of the match award. We are very happy with the performance overall.”
Source : timesofindia