Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan set to be sidelined for three weeks

BRISTOL: India opener Shikhar Dhawan looks set to be sidelined for up to three weeks from the ICC World Cup 2019 for approximately owing to the thumb injury he sustained in the match against Australia on Sunday. The official word from the Indian camp is that Dhawan will be out for at least the next two India games, i.e against New Zealand and Pakistan on June 13 and 16.

CricketCountry has learned that Dhawan is being assessed by the Indian team’s physio Patrick Farhart and that an update will be provided later on Tuesday. The opener has gone to Leeds for further assessment.

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.

ALSO READ: Why did Shikhar Dhawan not take the field in Australia’s run-chase?

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.