Shikhar Dhawan injury update: Virat Kohli provides the updates on Dhawan’s injury and availability for remaining World Cup matches
Ever since India’a star opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ongoing Cricket world Cup for 3 weeks due to a broken left hand thumb, there have been several conjectures on his availability for the remaining matches of the marquee tournament.
Team India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had the other day commented that the team management does not wish to lose a ‘precious’ players like Dhawan, and that it would take another 10-12 days time to assess the condition of his injury.
There even was an apparent differences of opinion within the team’s think tank regarding Rishabh Pant, as to whether he will act as Dhawan’s cover or his replacement for the remainder of the tournament, furthering the doubts over the extent of the damage.
But now, after the India vs New Zealand World Cup match has been called off due to rain, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has finally come up with an official word pertaining to the extent of the Southpaw’s injury and his further availability for the remaining matches of the ongoing 2019 World Cup.
What did Virat Kohli say?
Skipper Virat Kohli has finally opened up on Dhawan’s injury status. Addressing a Press Conference at Old Trafford, Kohli commented that Dhawan’s hand is in plaster at the moment and an assessment of the same will be done in a couple of weeks.
Regarding his availability for the remaining part of the quadrennial tournament, Kohli came out with some good news and exclaimed that the left-hander should be available for the few remaining matches during the latter stages of the league matches, and also for the knockouts which would commence from July 9.
“His hand is in plaster at the moment and we will assess in couple of weeks. He should be available for latter group stage matches and the knockouts”, said Kohli.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 13, 2019
Dhawan had injured his left hand thumb while he was batting on 24 during India’s second World Cup match against Australia at The Oval. Despite getting hit by Nathan Coulter Nile at that stage, he went on to score a match-winning 117 off 109 deliveries.