Shikhar Dhawan doubtful for India’s next two games

Ross Houston
June 13, 2019

Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has given an update on opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan's availability in the ongoing World Cup.

In what could be a big blow for the Indian cricket team star opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2019 for three weeks.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team", said a BCCI statement.

"Kabhi mehek ki tarah hum gulon se udte hain.Kabhi dhuyein ki tarah hum parbaton se udte hain.Ye kainchiyaan humein udne se khaak rokengi.Ke hum paron se nahin hoslon se udte hain".

Dhawan was injured during India's match against Australia in which he scored 117. But the BCCI decided against sending Dhawan back home. There were apprehensions over Dhawan's availability after he suffered the injury on his thumbs.

Team physio Patrick Farhart is assessing Dhawan´s injury after the batsman was taken to Leeds for detailed scans.

Dhawan, however, played no further part in the match after his dismissal, with substitute Ravindra Jadeja taking the field in his place as India comfortably defended their total of 352 for five to complete a 36-run victory.

India will lock horns with New Zealand tomorrow at Trent Bridge. To add to that, New Zealand have managed to win just 1 of their last 5 ODIs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which incidentally came against India in World Cup 1999. With Dhawan out of action now, KL Rahul looks set to open alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming games.

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