Shikhar Dhawan replacement: Who has replaced Dhawan in 2019 Cricket World Cup?

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 19/06/2019

Shikhar Dhawan replacement: Indian opening batsman has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Dhawan was hit on the thumb during his 17th ODI century earlier in the tournament against Australia.

The left-handed batsman was ruled for three weeks initially. India captain Virat Kohli had opened up on monitoring Dhawan’s injury before taking a final call on him. The team management was of the opinion that Dhawan would recover before India’s last two league matches and the knockout matches.

However, in what has come as a huge blow is the fact that the 33-year old cricketer will take no further part in the tournament.

In the two matches which Dhawan had played in the tournament, he had scored 125 runs at an average of 62.50 and a strike rate of 103.30. Apart from his current form, Dhawan has a stellar record in ICC tournaments, which is why his absence might hurt India.

In the 20 ODIs which he has played in ICC tournaments, Dhawan has scored 1,238 runs at an average of 65.15 and a strike rate of 98.25 including six centuries and four half-centuries. Talking of playing ICC tournaments in England, Dhawan has scored 826 runs in 12 matches at an average of 75.09 and a strike rate of 101.84 including four centuries and three half-centuries.

Shikhar Dhawan replacement:

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was called to England as a standby for Dhawan, has now been included as Dhawan’s replacement. With Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik already in the team, it will be interesting to see if Pant will be included into the playing XI or not.

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Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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