Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after picking up a hairline fracture on the left thumb in the win against Australia on 9 June. Rishabh Pant, who had initially been named as a cover for the left-handed opener, has now been named as a permanent replacement. Despite the blow to the thumb against Australia, Dhawan continued to bat and score 117 runs.
BCCI put out a statement on Twitter which read, “Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019.”
Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam confirmed that they’ve asked for Pant as a replacement.
In the press interaction to shed light on Dhawan’s injury, strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu said, “During Indian Premier League (IPL), whether we like it or not, the boys take a beating. During IPL, they sleep as late as 2-3 AM, getting back to training regime was a sort of a challenge. They understand the importance of good sleep/wake pattern, good nutrition, and training.”
Dhawan suffered the injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia. While the X-ray didn’t show any fracture, CT scan revealed otherwise and Dhawan was taken to a specialist in Leeds for further assessment.
“As far as Shikhar is concerned, we are observing him and it will take some time, around 10 or 12 days to figure out where he stands, we will be in a better position to take a call then because we don’t want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar, straight at the time of the injury,” Bangar had said on 12 June, the eve of the match against New Zealand.
The latest development comes as a major blow to India’s campaign due to Dhawan’s record in ICC tournaments. He has three centuries in Champions Trophy tournaments and three in World Cups. Alongside Rohit and Virat Kohli, Dhawan forms the formidable trio at the top of Indian batting.
After being ruled out till July, Dhawan was spotted training in the gym and was also seen on the ground during India’s nets session before the marquee clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
Writer: Sakshi Gupta