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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to be under observations, said BCCI. @AFP

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who sustained a thumb injury while batting against Australia, will be under observation, according to a statement released by the BCCI team management on Tuesday.

“Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored,” said BCCI in a media release.

“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.

Dhawan, during his 117-run knock against Australia in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was hit on his left thumb by a Pat Cummins bouncer.

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While he batted on, he did not take the field during the Australian chase on Sunday.

Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the left-hander will be under observation. India is scheduled to play New Zealand on Thursday and then face Pakistan on June 16, Sunday.

Dhawan’s injury has paved the way for selection of another Delhi batsman in Rishabh Pant. According to a report in the Times of India on Tuesday, Pant, who lost his spot in India’s World Cup squad, will be packing his bags to leave for England at the earliest.

“Once all the details on Dhawan’s injury are out, the team management will put out an official request for replacement. And that replacement is going to be Pant. The injury is bad enough to ask for a replacement,” sources in the know were quoted as saying in the report.

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CricketCountry has learned that Dhawan has gone to Leeds for further assessment on extend of the injury and while there is still speculations on for how long Dhawan will be sidelined, it is confirmed that the 33-year-old will miss India’s next two games.

With Dhawan’s unavailability, India may be forced to change their successful opening combination. KL Rahul, India’s back-up opener up till the World Cup could be bumped up the order making way for either Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik to fill in the No.4 slot.

Dhawan, hero of India’s win over Australia at Kennington Oval, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Pat Cummins.

He looked in considerable pain but carried on to score 117 off 109 balls. However, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.

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After the match at Kennington Oval, Virat Kohli was asked for an update on Dhawan. He replied by saying that he had not heard from the team management but that Farhart was working with Dhawan, and that an update would be provided in a couple days. Dhawan underwent precautionary tests on Tuesday, and official word from the Indian team is expected today.

The left thumb has been a long-standing issue for Dhawan, who first picked up the injury in 2016 when he was hit by a bouncer on the same spot by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult.

India next play New Zealand at Old Trafford on Thursday. And if India make to the semi-finals, that will be on July 9, nearly one month away.