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Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of the World Cup for Three weeks

Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of the World Cup for Three weeks

A Major blow for India’s CWC campaign as Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the World Cup for Three weeks followed by injury. For an in-form Indian cricket team, this is a major concern as they still have a long way to go.

The Story

Shikhar Dhawan developed a fracture on his left thumb during India’s last encounter against Australia. Although he had sustained the injury at The Oval on Sunday, went on to score a match-winning 117 during the chase. He didn’t have a good start as he had failed to deliver in India’s opener against South Africa. A scan on Monday finally reveals today that he has a fracture and he will not be able to play for the next three weeks.

This is undoubtedly bad news for Kohli’s team that look in touch and good form. India won their first two encounters against South Africa and Australia to start their World Cup 2019 journey on winning note. Shikhar Dhawan has been an asset for India whenever it comes to ICC tournaments. Dhawan has an outstanding record in this tournament. Going by his past record and the way he batted in the Australia match, he will be a major loss for the Indian team.

The Blow & Replacement Options

Next three weeks India will play without Shikhar Dhawan. This means that he will probably miss New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England matches that are scheduled for June. This is unfortunate for team India as they have strong opponents in the first stage. Going by India’s fixtures this stage was more important and changing the winning combination can be another issue for the team.

KL Rahul will probably be the new partner for Rohit Sharma. Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will play at No. 4. Chance of Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer getting a call is possible too.

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