Shikhar Dhawan was agonizingly ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday due to a fractured thumb, having sustained this injury during India's clash against reigning World Champions Australia off a rising delivery from Nathan-Coulter-Nile. Following this, Rishabh Pant, who had joined Team India in London as standby right after the extent of Dhawan's injury became clear, has been formally inducted into the squad as a replacement.
After the injury ended his campaign, Gabbar took to Twitter and shared a video where he expressed his disappointment of having been ruled out of the competition.' I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I'm grateful for all the love & support from my teammates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!'
Watch Dhawan's emotional video here.
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi came forward to wish Dhawan a speedy recovery with a few words of encouragement.
Read Modi's tweet here.
Team India are undefeated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They are in the fourth position in the points table with seven points where the Men In Blue have managed three wins from their four games. One of their contests against New Zealand was washed away due to rain. They will now be facing Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Team India will be desperate to overcome Shikhar Dhawan's absence as he is India's most valuable batsman in ICC tournaments.
It all started way back in in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy where India had a successful tournament. In that tournament, Dhawan scored 363 runs at a strike rate of over 100 including two centuries and a half-century. He won the Golden Bat award and was also adjudged as the 'Player of the Tournament'. Gabbar then had an excellent ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 where the southpaw amassed 412 runs at a strike rate of nearly 92 which included two centuries and a half-century. He was India's highest run-getter and the fifth leading scorer of that tournament. In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where India made the finals, Shikhar was once again the highest run-getter of the tournament where he scored 338 runs, which were instrumental in India reaching the summit clash. By the virtue of this splendid run, he was once again awarded the golden bat.