Shocking! Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019, media reports

Shikhar Dhawan- the man for India in ICC events

Shikhar Dhawan and Team India skipper Virat Kohli share a moment

Dhawan was hit on his left thumb while batting for India at the Oval cricket ground. KL Rahul could potentially move up the order to assume opening responsibilities alongside Rohit Sharma.

If the opener is ruled out for three weeks, he will not be a part of the squad in matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, England and Bangladesh.

ESPNcricinfo is reporting Dhawan has gone to Leeds to undergo scans, and an update on his injury will be provided on Wednesday (NZT). Both Karthik and Shankar are primed to replace Dhawan in the next match against New Zealand. While he continued to bat with the injury, Ravindra Jadeja took over when India came out to field.

This is a major blow for India, especially if we take into consideration the left-hander's record while playing in the ICC Tournaments. It worked, for Dhawan scored 93 runs after first sustaining his injury.

Dhawan, during his 117-run knock against Australia in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was hit on his left thumb by a Pat Cummins bouncer. "He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place", Gavaskar was quoted as saying in Told Today when asked to make his choice. Possible replacements being talked about are standbys Pant and Rayudu along with India A captain Shreyas Iyer. If no replacement is named in the current hope that Dhawan recovers by the end of the group stages and he doesn't, India's most reliable match victor Virat Kohli will bear the brunt of it-he will then be sandwiched between an unstable middle-order below him and a relatively inexperienced opening pair above.

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