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AFP
June 19, 2019

India's Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019

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AFP
Wed, Jun 19, 2019

Southampton, United Kingdom: India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a fractured finger, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced Wednesday.

The in-form batsman suffered the break while facing Australia´s Pat Cummins in India´s second match of the tournament at the Oval on June 9.

Dhawan carried on batting and scored a century to earn the man-of-the-match award as India beat the reigning champions by 36 runs.

But the 33-year-old left-hander did not field and has not featured in the World Cup since his century at Surrey´s headquarters in south London.

Rishabh Pant, a dynamic batsman and wicketkeeper, is set to replace Dhawan in India´s squad ahead of their match against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday.

"Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team´s match versus Australia at the Oval," said a statement on the BCCI´s Twitter feed.

"Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19," the statement added.