World Cup 2019 | WATCH: 'You Can Make These Situations Your Nightmare Or... ': Shikhar Dhawan Shows Injury Can't Dent His Spirit As He Thanks Fans For The Recovery Messages

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Injured Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has hit the gym as he races against time to recover from a hairline fracture that has put him out of three World Cup matches.

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Updated On:

Injured Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has hit the gym as he races against time to recover from a hairline fracture that has ruled him out of three World Cup matches.

With a heavily bandaged left hand, Dhawan was seen doing lower-body exercises in a short video posted by him on his Twitter page.

"You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone," was the accompanying message from the star batsman.

The 31-year-old picked up the injury during his match-winning knock of 117 against Australia on Sunday.

What was initially seen to be a swelling in his left thumb turned out to be a hairline fracture after closer examination.

He was then ruled out of India's rained-out game against New Zealand on Thursday, the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester and the match against Afghanistan on June 22. 

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Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been brought in as cover for him but he will only get access to the team's training sessions for now.

Pant will be allowed into the dressing room only if the team management decides to declare Dhawan unfit for the remainder of the tournament. 

An assessment of his injury will be done next week.

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.

(With PTI inputs)

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