Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup due to thumb fracture

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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who fractured his left thumb while playing against Australia has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup.

According to sources, Dhawan is not in a position to recover in time for the remaining games.

BCCI said in a tweet, “Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019.”

“Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19,” BCCI added.

Rishabh Pant who has been included in the India squad is currently in England with the team and has been named as the official replacement in the squad, sources said.

Shikhar Dhawan who scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia on June 5 had been hit on his left thumb during the match. He didn’t take the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place.