Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup Due To Thumb Injury

Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out Of World Cup Due To Thumb Injury

It is learnt that the swashbuckling opener, who played through pain to score a hundred against Australia, "had no chance" of recovering in time.

India announced Dhawan would be given 10 to 12 days before his availability was assessed, and he missed the washout against New Zealand last Thursday as well as Sunday's victory over arch rivals Pakistan.

Rishabh Pant will replaces Shikhar Dhawan in India's World Cup squad. However, it seems that it will take more time for the thumb to heal as Dhawan has been ruled out of the whole tournament now.

Dhawan sustained the injury during India's second World Cup game, struck by a rising bouncer from Pat Cummins. "He is not in a position to take part in the World Cup", the source was quoted by IANS.

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had earlier said that the team management did not want to rule out injured opener Shikhar Dhawan and wanted to observe his progress.

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Dhawan was present in Southampton today during the Indian training session, with his left hand wrapped in bandage.

"Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of the World Cup".

In the two matches which Dhawan had played in the tournament, he had scored 125 runs at an average of 62.50 and a strike rate of 103.30. The Men in Blue have won three of their first four games while one was washed out.

Dhawan, 33, picked up the injury on his left thumb during the June 9 clash against Australia in London and was initially ruled out of three games - against Pakistan (June 16), Afghanistan (June 22) and the West Indies (June 27).