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India opener Shikhar Dhawan will stay on with the World Cup team in England even though he suffered a hairline fracture to his left thumb.
Dhawan was struck on the thumb by a bouncer from Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins on Sunday, where he batted on and scored a gutsy 117 to lead India to a 36-run win.
It is understood that Dhawan travelled to Leeds to undergo scans on his thumb before he returned to Nottingham, which is where India are currently based.
Reports suggest that Dhawan will be out of action for three weeks, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are reportedly not calling up a replacement for the left-handed opener.
“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 BCCI confirmed as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC (Cricket World Cup) 2019 league match against Australia.”
Dhawan is set to miss India’s World Cup matches against New Zealand and Pakistan on Thursday and Sunday respectively.
As a result, Lokesh Rahul could be promoted up the order, while Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar could replace Dhawan in the playing XI and bat lower down.