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Dhawan to stay with Indian side despite injury on left hand
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Dhawan to stay with Indian side despite injury on left hand

Shikhar Dhawan will stay with the team despite a hand injury that could rule him out for at least two weeks for the World Cup.

Dhawan powered India to their second consecutive win of the tournament with an impressive 109-ball 117 against defending champions Australia at the Oval.

He took a blow to his left thumb after being struck by a vicious short ball from Pat Cummins. He continued to bat though but didn’t take field in Australia’s run-chase.

The BCCI, in a statement, did not mention the extent of the injury but added that the left-hander will stay with the side throughout the World Cup.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team," said a BCCI statement.

"The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.

"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," the statement added.

Dhawan’s absence is a massive blow for India given his sensational form in the mega-events. Across 10 World Cup games, Dhawan has scored 537 runs, averaging 53.70 at a strike rate of 94.21.

The Virat Kohli-led side will face New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan at Manchester on Sunday.