The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is in the middle of a dream run at the moment in the ongoing World Cup having won three out of the four matches. Their game against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. They are currently at 7 points after four matches. After the game against Australia, they were dealt with a blow as Shikhar Dhawan had injured his thumb and the scans revealed hairline fracture.
But the team management was confident that he will recover in time for the latter half of the World Cup. However, it seems that it will take more time for the thumb to heal as Dhawan has been ruled out of the whole tournament now. KL Rahul opened the innings for the game against Pakistan and did well scoring a half-century and India will have to bank on him now to come good for the rest of the event.
The team manager Sunil Subramaniam confirmed the news stating that it will take a lot of time for the left-hander to recover. “Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam: Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand. He will remain in cast until mid-July which rules him out of ICC World Cup. We have requested Rishabh Pant as the replacement,” he said in the press conference.
Rishabh Pant to be named as the official replacement
Rishabh Pant looks the likeliest candidate to replace Shikhar Dhawan now. He is already with the team and was seen training ahead of the game against Pakistan. Though nothing has been made official as of now, the BCCI is likely to confirm the same. Pant will now be hoping to make a difference to the team if he gets a chance in the playing XI while there is more responsibility on KL Rahul now.
India seemed unaffected with Dhawan not playing against Pakistan but it remains to be seen if Rahul will be consistent enough to replicate the southpaw’s heroics in the ICC events. The Men in Blue will lock horns with Afghanistan on Saturday and are expected to continue their winning run.