Shikhar Dhawan's ICC World Cup fate to be known in a few hours


In a major setback forteam India, opener Shikhar Dhawan, who sustained a thumb injury in the matchagainst Australia, may be ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2019 for three weeksif his thumb injury is serious and there is a fracture. Dhawan was hit on thethumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile during theIndia-Australia match on June 9. The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) will officially confirm his medical status in a few hours.


Despite the injury, Dhawancontinued to play through pain, with his left thumb bandaged and went on toscore 117 off 109 balls, setting the foundation for victory against Australia.


However, Shikhar didn'ttake the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place forthe entire 50 overs.


Dhawan underwentprecautionary scans and tests following the injury. Physio Patrick Farhart wasslated to take a call on whether the batsman would continue to play in thetournament.


If the opener is ruled outfor three weeks, he will not be a part of the squad in matches against NewZealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, England, and Bangladesh.


The opener has been aconsistent performer in major ICC tournaments. In the ICC World Cup 2015,Dhawan had scored 412 runs, batting at an average of 51.50. He had hit twocenturies in the tournament.

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