World Cup 2019: Big blow for India as Dhawan ruled out for three weeks with injury

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LONDON: Indian cricket team suffered a major setback as in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a match-winning century against Australia in the World Cup fixture, was ruled out for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for at least three weeks with thumb fracture.

Shikhar Dhawan was the hero of India’s victory over Australia and was played through pain after being hit on his left thumb. Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs. He underwent scans here in which the fracture came to light.

Shikhar Dhawan is being assessed by Patrick Farhart and specialists are being consulted right now to get a clear idea on his availability.

With Dhawan being ruled out with an injury, India will be forced to change Rohit Sharma’s opening partner when they face 2015 World Cup runners-up New Zealand on Thursday at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

It is pertinent to mention here that Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were designated as Team India reserves for the World Cup 2019.