For Shikhar Dhawan, it is quite a tough phase of his career. The 33-year-old opening batsman has hit a century in his last match, that too in the World Cup, but is unlikely to play for some time now. Reason: He got his thumb fractured while batting in the same innings in which he scored a ton against Australia at the Oval last Sunday. Dhawan scored a scintillating 117 off 109 balls to help India beat the defending champions by 36 runs to win their second successive game in the tournament.
Although India have roped in Rishabh Pant as Dhawan’s cover, the latter hasn’t been released as his injury is being constantly monitored and the effort is on to make him play as early as possible. India had another game after his injury which was against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday but it was abandoned because of rain.
India next play Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday and the fans of the Men in Blue will miss ‘Gabbar’ who has belted a century along with Rohit Sharma the last time India played the arch-rivals.
Dhawan, who has done his best to keep the spirits high by tweeting a ‘Shayari’, is also making it to the gym to ensure that he is in shape. The left-hander will be assessed around 21st-22nd of this month and the team is expecting him to play the crucial England clash at Edgbaston on June 30.
Dhawan shared a video on his official Twitter account showing him sweating it out in the gym. In that video, he has also thanked the fans for all their good wishes ever since the news about his injury broke.
You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. ????— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 14, 2019
Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone. ???? pic.twitter.com/mo86BMQdDA
Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks
India have called up Rishabh Pant as Dhawan’s cover even though the latter has also been kept with the side and his recovery being monitored. “Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks, we’ll assess and see. Hopefully he’ll be available for the later half and the semi-finals. He’s motivated, we wanted to keep him back,” Kohli said after the game against the Black Caps was washed out at Trent Bridge.
The wash-out leaves both teams with a point each. Four of the last seven matches in the World Cup have been washed out which makes it an edition with the maximum incomplete games. India are now ranked third in the points table while New Zealand sit at the top with seven points from four matches. Both these teams are unbeaten so far.