Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a fractured thumb, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
Dhawan took a blow to his left thumb after being struck by a vicious short ball from Pat Cummins in India’s 36-run win over Australia. He continued to bat though but didn’t take field in Australia’s run-chase.
However, it was announced that the opening batsman would stay with the team and remain under observation of the BCCI medical panel, while Rishabh Pant was roped in as his replacement.
But now it has been revealed that Dhawan’s injury would require more time to recover which puts him out of contention for the rest of the tournament.
"Following several specialist opinions, he'll be in a cast till mid-July and is ruled out of the World Cup. Dhawan's fracture is at the base of the first metacarpal on his left hand," Sunil Subramaniam, India's team manager, said. "We've requested for Rishabh Pant as a replacement."
India will now lock horns with Afghanistan on June 22 at Southampton.