Prior to Thursday's match with New Zealand, Team India is set to hold a practice at Trent Bridge on June 12, Nottingham, at 2:30 pm local time following which at around 5:30 pm a pre-match press conference will be held. A final call on Shikhar Dhawan is likely to be taken during the press conference. His possible replacement may be announced during the presser.
As India gears up for its third World Cup match against New Zealand on June 13, a cloud of uncertainty still looms over it with the unfortunate ruling out of India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan form the 2019 World Cup.
After having started the World Cup campaign on a high with wins over South Africa and defending World champions Australia, India suffered a setback as star opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for three weeks due to a thumb injury.
Dhawan sustained this injury during Sunday's clash against Australia when a rising delivery from Nathan-Coulter-Nile had struck him on his thumb. Nonetheless, displaying sportsmanship, he applied healing spray and soldiered on as he went on to register his 17th ODI ton. This was also his third World Cup century and his sixth in ICC events. His 109-ball 117 not only bagged him the Man of the Match award but also helped India register a 36-run win.
While Dhawan underwent precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb, disappointed fans and also the cricket fraternity mulled over the possible replacement of Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming World Cup matches.
The 'Voice of Indian Cricket' Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter showing concern over the fate of the Indian Team:
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. KL Rahul, who currently holds the No.4 position, is likely to open the innings in Dhawan's absence, while Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik will be the front-runners to become new entrants into the Indian middle order.