Ahead of their clash against New Zealand, Team India have suffered a huge setback as their star opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a thumb injury which he had sustained during India's clash against the reigning World Champions Australia. This injury will keep him sidelined for three weeks. A rising delivery from Nathan-Coulter-Nile had struck him on his thumb and the southpaw appeared to be in pain. 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.
Dhawan did not come out to the field during India's second innings. The injury has come up at a time when India are about to face tough challenges as the World Cup progresses especially the next two clashes this week against the Kiwis and arch-rivals Pakistan. Dhawan is also India's most important 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.