When everything was going according to a plan for India, the men in blues suddenly faced a major setback at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Tournament. The explosive opener of 15-men Indian World Cup Squad, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out from the grand 50-over maiden tournament for three weeks following a severe thumb injury. This comes after the 33-year-old spectacular batsman injured his left thumb during his side’s CWC 2019 match against defending champions Australia on June 9th at ‘The Oval’ stadium.
Dhawan’s brilliant hundred in India’s second match of World Cup 2019 helped his team to set the massive target of 352 runs on board. The southpaw scored a total of 117 runs from 109 deliveries which included amazing 16 boundaries. With this incredible inning of Shikhar Dhawan, India beat the five-time World Cup champions by 36 runs. Though in India’s 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa Dhawan was unable to bag good score for his side as he dismissed after making eight runs off twelve balls. In that match, Rohit Sharma’s century won India the game and the blues defeated Proteas by six wickets at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground on June 5th. Both the commendable victories of India lifted the blue team to the third spot at World Cup points table.
Reportedly, Dhawan has to be sidelined from the tournament for three weeks which is giving a major scare to Indian cricket team chasing their third World Cup title this year.
In his post-presentation ceremony after the game, Dhawan expressed himself on being a ‘Man of the Match’. He said, “we are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. It’s a great sign for our team and I’m happy with this man of the match award”.
The rumours have been speculating that emerging player of Indian Cricket team Rishabh Pant could join the World Cup squad for the rest of the tournament. India will next play against New Zealand squad on June 13th at Trent Bridge Stadium. However, it is not yet confirmed by the official cricket authorities who will replace the legendary batsman.