The forced exclusion of opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan from the Indian squad has started a new debate regarding the number 4 position in the batting order as KL Rahul, who was previously batting at that position would now open the batting throughout this tournament.
Dhawan, who was enjoying great form with the bat, has been ruled out of the tournament after fracturing his thumb during his match-winning hundred against Australia. Young Rishabh Pant has replaced the injured batsman in the squad.
Nonetheless, former Aussie batsman Michael Hussey believes that the absence of Dhawan would not derail India from their current path as they have got enough depth in their current squad to stay on the right track.
“I do think it's a big loss, but I don't think it will derail India's campaign. I think they have got enough depth to cover Shikhar Dhawan. I still think they have got enough talent in their squad to feel that they can go all the way in this tournament,” he said.