After India started their World Cup campaign on a high with wins over South Africa and defending World Champions Australia, they have now suffered a huge setback as their start opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been 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 and he had appeared to be in some pain. After applying healing spray, he continued his sublime batting and was involved in a couple of crucial partnerships with his opening partner Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli. In the process, Gabbar registered his 17th ODI ton. At the same time, 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.
After the unfortunate injury which will now deprive him of playing a few more good knocks in the tournament, the cricketing fraternity came forward to give their opinion about the team selection in the southpaw's absence.
After Harsha Bhogle tweeted that India will have a tough decision to make in terms of team selection, former England skipper Kevin Pietersen confidently backed Rishabh Pant as a suitable replacement for Shikhar Dhawan. Pietersen, who was a part of the English squad that won the ICC World T20 in 2010 took to Twitter and wrote 'Shikha OUT the World Cup. Get Pant on the plane ASAP. KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4...'
Read the tweet here.
There were mixed responses from the netizens. Some agreed with Pietersen.
While there were some who were not on the same page with KP.