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World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yet

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 22:28 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The BCCI has said Shikhar Dhawan has been kept under observation (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during CWC 19 match vs AustraliaDhawan is being kept under observation, the BCCI has saidKL Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma vs New Zealand on ThursdayShikhar Dhawan will be kept under observation and BCCI is not asking for a replacement yet. Dhawan had sustained a thumb injury during India’s 36-run victory over Austria at The Oval on Sunday.”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 BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.Latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 2 weeks as he only has a minor fracture.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. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8f1RelCsXf BCCI (@BCCI) June 11, 2019KL Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13. The question is who will bat in the middle-order? Will it be Dinesh Karthik or will India bring in Vijay Shankar who can also bowl decent medium-pace?Harbhajan Singh said he was not worried about the opening combination in Dhawan’s absence but the middle order could now be a cause for concern.The World Cup-winning off-spinner, speaking to India Today from England, suggested Rishabh Pant could be the first-choice replacement and also threw Ajinkya Rahane’s name into the mix, citing his experience of having played in the United Kingdom.”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself. I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan said.advertisement”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Also Read | Get Rishabh Pant on the plane ASAP: Kevin Pietersen suggests Shikhar Dhawan replacementAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s injury opens the door for other teams, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s pain threshold is incredible, says Sunil GavaskarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow BCCIFollow Shikhar Dhawan injury World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetShikhar Dhawan has been kept under observation as he only has a mild fracture and the Indian team is hoping he can recover in 2 weeks. No replacement will be named yet.advertisementlast_img

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