According to the sources, Shikhar Dhawan's possible replacement could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant. He had been hit on his left thumb during India's match against defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed for the game against New Zealand.
"Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb...", it added. Instead, the Indian team has kept the opening batsman under observation.
Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day worldwide century.
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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Dhawan is a huge asset for the team and should be given every chance to return if his injury heals in time. India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel.
"Rishabh Pant is being flown in from India as cover at the request of the team management", a senior BCCI official told PTI in England.
While earlier it was speculated that the opener has been ruled out of the World Cup, the BCCI later released a statement stating that Shikhar Dhawan will be kept under observation.
Cricket analysts are of the opinion that K.L. Rahul will now be the opening partner of Rohit Sharma with Dinesh Karthick and Vijay Shankar bolstering up the middle order.