India’s first batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, was suspended from his team’s remaining World Cup cricket campaign for a broken bone in his hand.
He suffered injury during India’s victory over Australia after being hit by a shipment of Pat Cummins. Although he was able to continue his eyelash and continue for a century, the scans subsequently showed a break.
Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19— BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019
It was hoped that he would recover in time for the final stages of the competition, but the BCCI has since announced that he must remain in a cast until mid-July.
Rishabh Pant replaced Dhawan in the squad, which was overflown as cover, after the opener had suffered the injury. Even though he only played five ODIs with a high score of only 36, his exploits in the Test and IPL arenas made many surprised when he was not inducted into India’s squad.
Pant is unlikely to intervene in India’s XI right away, and if he wins the selection, he will most likely not replace Dhawan at the top of the leaderboard. It was KL Rahul, a regular opening player, who played fourth at the inauguration of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. He won India’s victory over Pakistan and impressed with half a century.
India’s next match will take place on Saturday, June 22, in the Hampshire Bowl against Afghanistan.