Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of ICC World Cup for three weeks

Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of ICC World Cup for three weeks

It has been learnt that the team management is not too keen on a replacement right now unless the doctors rule him out for more than a month.

ESPNcricinfo is reporting Dhawan has gone to Leeds to undergo scans, and an update on his injury will be provided on Wednesday (NZT).

Team India will take on New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in the showpiece match of the 10-team round-robin group stage in Manchester on Sunday. His exclusion from the World Cup squad had led to a great deal of commentary with everyone, from lay fans to cricket experts, describing the decision as wrong.

During India's second game of the campaign, against Australia at the Oval on Sunday, Pat Cummins ran in to commence the ninth over of the innings and the match. The medical team immediately attended Dhawan after the first blow. If he knew it was bad instantly then Dhawan did well not to show it. Farhart was back on the field and opened a can of magic spray. Inspite of the injury, the left-handed batsman continued to bat with a taped thumb.

The opener has been a consistent performer in major ICC tournaments. Dhawan became the third opening batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to score at least three centuries in the World Cup. Consequently, no replacements would be called for now.

A straight-forward swap would be for K.L. Rahul, traditionally an opener, to be promoted up the order. The report claimed that Dhawan will remain under observation with the Indian team. Former players Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Pietersen backed the 21-year-old to replace Dhawan given his recent form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

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