Shocking! Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019, media reports

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Dhawan looked exceptional for his hundred against Australia though he was hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer, injuring his thumb. He was also India's top run-scorer at the last World Cup.

The stylish cricketer underwent a scan on Monday, when the doctors revealed that Dhawan had a fracture. For a while after being hit, he kept taking his bottom hand off the bat when striking the ball, indicating that he was in pain.

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It is learned that the batsman will be missing two games and has been taken to Leeds to be assessed by the Indian team's physio Patrick Farhart. Rishabh Pant, the attacking batsman, is now expected to replace him.

Although there is no official confirmation, reports are claiming that Dhawan's injury is quite severe and the left-handed batsman won't be available for the rest of the matches of the World Cup. In reply, Australia were bundled for 316 handing India their second consecutive victory. The left-hander has scored six centuries in ICC tournaments. In the present context, nevertheless, Rahul - with his experience as an opener - is more likely to take up Dhawan's role while Pant will have to fill in the slot that will be left vacant by Rahul in the middle-order. But then the only available replacement in India's present squad to fill Rahul's void in the middle is Vijay Shankar, who at the worldwide level has not played too many matches, and none of them higher than No.5 in the batting order.

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With Dhawan now sidelined, KL Rahul is looking primed to open alongside Rohit Sharma.

Injured India opener Shikhar Dhawan will be under observation as he strives to recover from a thumb fracture he picked up during the Autralia game, the BCCI said on Tuesday. 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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