India’s audacious opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament 2019. The 33-year old suffered a metacarpal fracture after being struck by a pacy delivery of Pat Cummins in India’s game against defending champions Australia.
Team management didn’t replace him as they were hopeful of having Shikhar back in the later stages of the tournament. However, condition of the Delhi born doesn’t present an encouraging picture. 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.
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant who is already there in England as Dhawan’s back-up has been roped into the 15-man squad. If Pant gets a game, then this would be ideal opportunity for him to show his prowess and get cemented in the national team. India’s next game will be played on June 22 against Afghanistan at Southampton.