ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Opener Sikhar Dhawan to Miss Game Against New Zealand & Pakistan. The Star Opener Ruled Out Due to Thumb Injury.
Shikhar Dhawan man of the match in India’s thumping win against Australia has been ruled out of upcoming world cup matches due to thumb injury. Dhawan who scores a quick fire 117 of 109 ball got hit on thum during India and Australia match. He was hit by a rising delivery of Nathan Coulter Nile. Though Dhawan continued to bet and went on to make century. However, he didn’t take on the field and Jadeja was seen as a substitute fielder.
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Matches Dhawan Can Miss Due to Injury
Shikhar Dhawan has already under gone a scan and team physio Patrick Father is keeping an eye on the progress. However he is unlikely to play game against New Zealand and Pakistan. He might even miss the game against Afghanistan and West Indies. India scheduled to play West Indies on 27th of June.
Who Are In Replacement Contention
In the meanwhile speculation of who will replace injured Dhawan are going high. The standbys are Rishab Pant and Ambati Raydu. Since India already has a reserve opener KL Rahul, so chances of flamboyant Pant getting selected are high. Though the options of Anjikiya Rahane who is in England and playing county and Shreyas Iyer a regular number 4 can’t be ruled out.
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India will play their net match against New Zealand on 13th June and after that the big one against Pakistan on Sunday 16th June. India is likely to open with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan who showed the sign of form against Australia. He was out cheaply in the game against South Africa, however, made a comeback with his scintillating innings against Australia. India will definitely miss his services in upcoming matches.