Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

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Shikhar Dhawan's innings against Australia turned out to be a match-winning effort as the Kangaroos fell 36 runs short of India's score of 352.

Dhawan, during his 117-run knock against Australia in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was hit on his left thumb by a Pat Cummins bouncer. Dhawan was hit on the left thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile. India's next match is against New Zealand on Thursday, June 13 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. But what wasn't vague was how the damage was caused and the extent of chaos it is about to cause in the Indian dressing room as this young World Cup gets older.

He batting bearing the pain and went through a scan later on to determine the extent of injury.

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While he batted on, he did not take the field during the Australian chase on Sunday. The injury comes as a big setback for India, as the southpaw, considered a big-game player, has an impeccable record in ICC tournaments. Sources say that Rishabh Pant will be flown in on the earliest possible flight to England as a cover for Dhawan, but won't yet be named as a replacement. "KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4.", Pietersen tweeted.

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In the meantime, Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian cricketer, reckons Pant as the appropriate replacement owing to his impressive form in the IPL for the Delhi Capitals (DC). "He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place", Gavaskar was quoted as saying in Told Today when asked to make his choice.