Shikhar Dhawan ruled out with thumb fracture, Rishabh Pant to replace him

Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Stoinis Roy Steyn

Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Stoinis Roy Steyn

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 owing to a fractured thumb he sustained during the match against Australia.

Confirming his ouster, Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam said, "Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand".

Rishabh Pant, who was rushed in as a cover by the BCCI on June 11, two days after Dhawan suffered the blow, and trained with the Indian squad in Manchester ahead of the Pakistan match, has been announced as Dhawan's replacement.

"We have written to the ICC requesting Rishabh Pant as replacement", he added. The southpaw had scored a brilliant knock of 117 runs against Australia and is going to be missed dearly by the team.

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ACB Chief Executive Asadullah Khan told the ESPNcricinfo website that the team's priority was picking match-fit players. He said the medical advice he sought suggested he would have been fit in a few of days after having his knee drained.

Dhawan was struck on the glove against Australia during an innings where he managed to score a 100, but couldn't take the field after an injury was suspected. Scans then revealed hairline fracture, raising apprehensions that Dhawan might get ruled out of the tournament.

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. "We don't want to rule out a precious player like him", Bangar had told the media on the eve of India's third World Cup clash against New Zealand.

Earlier, Dhawan had been kept under observation as he only has a mild fracture and the Indian team is hoping he can recover in 2 weeks.

Dhawan's big-tournament performances are well known and he was India's top-scorer in the Champions Trophy 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophies, the recent Asia Cups and the 2015 World Cup. India will take on Afghanistan on June 22 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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