In a setback to the Indian team touring England for the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, master blaster Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for next two matches against New Zealand and Pakistan due to thumb injury.
During India- Australia match, the Indian Opener sustained an injury by a rising delivery of Nathan Coulter-Nile.
After Indian innings Dhawan had been taken to Leeds Hospital to be assessed by the team’s physio Patrick Farhart.
The X-ray report revealed he suffered major injury in his left thumb.
Dhawan could be replaced either by RishabhPanth or Ambati Rayadu. But if he becomes completely ruled out from the event, then what, to manage the situation team management is looking for plan-B also.
As per medical observation Dhawan will be missed for next two games, though the whole team is hoping that it is not fracture and just a bit of swelling. The left thumb has been a long-standing issue for Dhawan. He first picked up the injury in 2016 when he was hit by a bouncer on the same spot by New Zealand’s Trent Boult.
Dhawan had helped in India’s win over Australia in the World Cup on Sunday. Keeping pain aside, the batsman went on to score 117 off 109 balls. However, he didn’t take the field due to pain and RavindraJadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.India will next take on New Zealand on June 13 at Trent Bridge.