Shikhar Dhawan, the hero in the last match against Australia, ruled out of World Cup 2019 for 3 weeks

Shikhar Dhawan, who was injured by a ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile during his splendid century against Australia in the World Cup 2019 has been ruled out of the World cup for 3 weeks.

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Team India on Tuesday, suffered a major blow as opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was the century scorer against Australia in the World Cup 2019, has been ruled out of World cup 2019 for at least three weeks with a thumb fracture. 

Shikhar Dhawan was the hero of India's recent win over Australia on Sunday with a knock of 117 off 109 balls. Shikhar Dhawan played in pain after being hit on his left thumb by a rising delivery from the Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile. Shikhar Dhawan didn't take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs. 

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Shikhar underwent various scans on Monday, wherein the fracture came to light. He hasn't travelled with the team to Nottingham where India play the 2015 World Cup runners-up, New Zealand on Thursday.

Shikhar Dhawan is still being assessed by Patrick Farhart and the specialists are being consulted right now to get a clear idea on his availability.

In this scenario, KL Rahul is most likely to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma, with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar likely to slot in at the No.4 against New Zealand on Thursday at the Trent Bridge.

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were designated as Team India reserves for the World Cup 2019.  However, reports say that possible replacement for Shikhar could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant.

Dhawan is said to be the key man for India in the ICC events. He had featured in 130 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India, scoring over 5,480 runs at an average over 44. He also holds 17 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name in this format, with a brilliant record in England, where the world cup is being held.

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