Breaking: Indian Opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup due to fractured finger

Shikhar Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture to his left thumb during his hundred versus Australia on June 9 and since then he hasn’t recovered well enough to take any part in the tournament. Hard hitting Batsman and wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant is set to replace Dhawan in India’s 15-member squad ahead of their game against Afghanistan on Saturday at Southampton.

Dhawan suffered the break while facing Australia’s fast bowler Pat Cummins in India’s second game of the Cricket World Cup. He carried batting and scored a ton but did not take any part in the field. Left hander has not featured in the World Cup since his hundred and that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

Though Rishabh Pant has only played 5 ODIs but being a left-hander, a very explosive one at that, the selectors reckoned he was a good replacement for Shikhar Dhawan and could be added into the middle-order with KL Rahul now being pushed up as opener.


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