ICC World Cup 2019 Sports

India hunts for middle order batsman as Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of World Cup

Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is being kept under observation after he sustained a thumb injury during India’s 36-run victory over Austria at The Oval on Sunday.

The BCCI have not asked for a replacement yet. The BCCI in a statement said, “Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.”

The latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 3 weeks as he only has a minor fracture.

KL Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13.

The question about the middle order lights up now. At the moment India have two options, Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar.

But, social media have started a debate about including a completely fit player such as Ajinkya Rahane or Rishabh Pant. Rahane brings in experience, while Pant is fresh blood.

However, the BCCI have not requested for a replacement, which means that Dhawan’s injury is minor and he could return after a couple of weeks.