Shikhar Dhawan's participation in World Cup 2019 was thrown into doubt after the opener suffered an injury to his thumb. However, the Indian cricket board confirmed that the left-hander, who is under the observation of the BCCI medical team, will remain with the Indian team in England. No replacement has been named as of now. Shikhar Dhawan was the hero of India's win over Australia on Sunday with a knock of 117 off 109 balls. Shikhar Dhawan played through pain after being hit on his left thumb. Shikhar Dhawan didn't take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.
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, 2019
According to cricketworldcup.com, the 33-year old was sent for scans to determine the extent of his injury at Leeds on Monday, and the report revealed a hairline fracture.
India have chosen not to name a replacement in the squad, with any players removed due to injury unable to return to the fold when they recover, said the report on the official World Cup website.
Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day international century.
Dhawan, however, played no further part in the match after his dismissal, with substitute Ravindra Jadeja taking the field in his place as India comfortably defended their total of 352 for five to complete a 36-run victory.
He has played 10 World Cup matches since his debut in 2010, scoring 537 runs at an average of 53.70.
India captain Virat Kohli had called Dhawan a "world-class" player with a "big-match temperament" after his heroics against Australia.
Meanwhile, rising star Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are on the BCCI's official stand-by list in case a replacement for Dhawan is needed.
(With AFP inputs)