Opener Shikhar Dhawan who notched up a brilliant hundred in the match against Australia paving India's way to accumulate a giant score after batting first, was hit in the left thumb a rising Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery.
"Mr. Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia", added BCCI. The statement did not reveal the nature of the injury or the result of the scan he had undergone earlier in the day in Leeds.
Dhawan didn't take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.
Facts about possibly the most important thumb in Nottingham were few and far between two days before India take on New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
Dhawan has been a vital player for India in ICC tournaments.
After their victory against South Africa in their World Cup opening match, India registered their second consecutive win of the tournament at The Oval on Sunday. "KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4.", Pietersen tweeted. If there is any name doing the rounds, it is Rishabh Pant.
According to the sources, Shikhar Dhawan's possible replacement could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant. But it's not just the regional affinity that suggests Pant as the likely replacement.
If it is indeed an injury which could heal in a couple of weeks, the team management might want to wait for Dhawan's recovery and not call for a replacement.