Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a fractured thumb, the BCCI confirmed on Wednesday. Dhawan had sustained this injury during India's clash against the reigning World Champions Australia where a rising delivery from Nathan-Coulter-Nile had struck him on his thumb.
However, he overcame all the odds and continued batting in pain. His efforts bore fruits as he ended up scoring a match-winning century. He was dismissed for a 109-ball 117. His superb ton helped India get to a huge total of 352/5 in their 50 overs as India won the contest by 36 runs. He was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
This was confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official Twitter handle.
Team India's manager Sunil Subramaniam has announced that Rishabh Pant will officially replace Dhawan who has been ruled out due to fracture on base of the first Meta Carpel of the left hand.
Gabbar also did not feature in India's previous two games. The match against New Zealand was washed away due to rain while Rohit Sharma had opened the Indian innings along with KL Rahul against Pakistan. After his injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had posted on their official Twitter handle that Gabbar would continue to be in England & his progress will be monitored by the BCCI team.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant was named as Dhawan's replacement. Pant is currently in England with the Indian Team.
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.