India’s journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament has got a major setback as the astounding opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is reported to have been ruled out of the 50-over tournament for at least three weeks.
Credible sources claimed that the 33-year old is suffering from a hairline fracture. Dhawan was struck by a pacy delivery of Pat Cummins. While he carried the pain to score a sublime century, the Delhi born didn’t come out to field as Ravindra Jadeja stood for him.
Later, he was taken to Leeds to undergo scans. Knowing Dhawan’s prolific record in ICC events particularly in England, it is a major loss for the men in blue as their entire strategy lies around the strength of their top three who usually score the major chunk of team’s total.
Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini form the reserve list of India. However, none of them is an opening batsman so it remains to be seen how selectors counter this challenge. It has also been reported that the think tank might not call for a replacement as they would like to have Dhawan around and play whenever he gets fit.