Shikhar Dhawan posts emotional message after being ruled out of World Cup

"Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday".

India has suffered a huge blow as their opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the entire ICC World Cup 2019. He will remain in cast until mid-July which rules him out of ICC World Cup. Although he managed a century in that match, he was seen receiving treatment from physio Patrick Farhart on the same day and didn't come out to field in the second innings.

But the team management was confident that he will recover in time for the latter half of the World Cup. "We have requested Rishabh Pant as the replacement".

Rishabh Pant, a dynamic batsman and wicket-keeper, is set to replace Dhawan in India's squad ahead of their match against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday. Scans then revealed hairline fracture, raising apprehensions that Dhawan might get ruled out of the tournament.

Dhawan was present in Southampton today during the Indian training session, with his left hand wrapped in bandage.

Dhawan's big-tournament performances are well known and he was India's top-scorer in the Champions Trophy 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophies, the recent Asia Cups and the 2015 World Cup. During the India-Pakistan clash on June 16, Dhawan was rested while KL Rahul opened along with Rohit Sharma and at number four Vijay Shankar played. They have won against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan while their game against New Zealand was washed out. Dhawan suffered a thumb injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia.

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