Bad news for India as injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

The left-handed batsman fractured his thumb during the India-Australia game at The Oval on Sunday, June 9. However, they received a massive blow with their star opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out for the next three weeks with a finger injury.

Dhawan was hit on the hand by a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile on Sunday and suffered a suspected hairline fracture on his thumb.

Shikar Dhawan will be missing India's upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, and England - all these matches are scheduled to be played in June. Ravindra Jadeja took the field in his place. The injury comes as a big setback for India, as the southpaw, considered a big-game player, has an impeccable record in ICC tournaments. He also has three World Cup centuries to his name including the century against Australia.

In Dhawan's absence, India are likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma and KLRahul, which would mean the Virat Kohli-led side would have to, once again, make a decision on the number four slot, which was, at the moment, was filled by Rahul.

The report also suggests that Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer could be called up as a replacement for Dhawan in the squad. He has a total of 6 centuries from ICC tournaments.

Dhawan had gone to Leeds to undergo scans on his finger after being hit with a short ball by Pat Cummins while batting against Australia.

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