India decide to keep Shikhar Dhawan in World Cup squad despite opener facing three weeks out after suffering hairline fracture on his left thumb
- Dhawan underpinned the World Cup victory over Australia at the weekend
- But he took a blow to his hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early into his innings
- The batsman will stay in England as India have resisted calling up a replacement
India will monitor the progress of Shikhar Dhawan after reports emerged of the opening batsman suffering a hairline fracture on his left thumb.
Dhawan underpinned India’s 36-run World Cup victory over Australia at the weekend with a magnificent 117 off 109 deliveries at the Oval.
However, he took a blow to his hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early into his innings and did not field during Australia’s reply.
Shikhar Dhawan will stay in England and his progress will be monitored by BCCI medical team
And India are now sweating on the fitness of one of their star performers ahead of Thursday’s clash with New Zealand at Trent Bridge and Sunday’s showdown against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
A brief statement on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Twitter account read: ‘Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team.
‘The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.’
The star batsman took a blow to his hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early into his innings
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