India’s World Cup campaign has received a major setback. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for a minimum of 3 weeks. This means that Shikhar will not be able to play in most of the crucial matches for India. Not to mention Shikhar has been an incredibly good performer in the past especially in the ICC tournaments.
Shikhar Dhawan injury:
The incident occurred in the previous match against Australia where Shikhar got his thumb injured in the 9th over. A delivery from Pat Cummins injured his thumb. When this happened, the left-hander was on 24 off 26 balls, and then finished with 117 off 109 balls. His performance was instrumental in India reaching a 350-plus total.
Dhawan was being treated by Patrick Farhart and the team management is consulting specialists to assess the situation better.
As mentioned earlier, Dhawan has been a key performer for India in the ICC tournaments. He has 6 centuries to his credit in the World Cup and Champions Trophy. Filling in his shoes would be quite a daunting task.
Who will replace Shikhar Dhawan in world cup 2019?
According to the sources, KL Rahul will most likely replace Shikhar in the match against NZ on June 13. Vijay Shankar Sharma will play at No 4. However, a replacement player will be needed if Shikhar flies back to India.
In such a case, the strongest contender for the empty birth is Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Rishabh pant’s exclusion from the initial squad did not go down very well with fans. So, he might be given a chance to prove his mettle.
Also, India A’s captain Shreyas Iyer, who is a specialist at no. 4 might be considered. Shreyas is currently in England and is a strong contender to secure a place in the squad.
Initially, Ambati Raydu was also being considered, but it is very unlikely that he gets a chance over these two.
Can Shikhar Dhawan make a comeback to World Cup 2019?
Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for a minimum of 3 weeks. Post three weeks depending upon the recovery, Shikhar might or might not be available for the World Cup. However crucial matches during the league stage will be over by then. And it would be tricky to see if he will be asked to play even after that since he will be recovering from an injury and his replacement has been playing throughout the tournament.