Big blow for India: Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the ICC World Cup

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@SDhawan25
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@SDhawan25

In a big blow to the Indian cricket team, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC World Cup in England. Rishabh Pant will take his place in the Indian squad.

Dhawan had suffered a hairline fracture of his left thumb during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on June 9. He had subsequently been put under medical observation in the hope that he would be available for the latter part of the tournament.

However, the recovery process has not gone as planned and the Indian team management officially sought permission from the BCCI to replace Dhawan with Pant, which was communicated by the Board to the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC has given permission for India to replace Dhawan with Rishabh Pant, who is already in England, having been summoned last week as stand-by.

Losing Dhawan will be a massive jolt to the team’s World Cup campaign, with the opener having hit form in the match against Australia. Dhawan has also been India’s leading run-scorer in the last three ICC events.