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.
How Twitter reacted:
UPDATE- Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019
Dhawan’s hand will remain in a cast until mid-July after being diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand. pic.twitter.com/vcTGzm9B7E
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 19, 2019
Highest run-getter for India in last 5 ODI tournaments (5+ teams):
CT 2013 – Dhawan
Asia Cup 2014 – Dhawan
WC 2015 – Dhawan
CT 2017 – Dhawan
Asia Cup 2018 – Dhawan
WC 2019 – Dhawan gets ruled out due to thumb injury.
How big is that loss for India!! #CWC19
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 19, 2019
My heart goes out to @SDhawan25. Playing in a World Cup, and hopefully winning it, is a dream. If India do win it, he can be proud that he contributed with that wonderful century.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 19, 2019
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