first_imgIndia’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said Shikhar Dhawan is being monitored by the team management and he might recover in 10 to 12 days after suffering a thumb injury. Dhawan was hit on the thumbs during his match-winning 117 in India’s second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Australia at The Oval on Sunday.Shikhar Dhawan is certain to miss India’s next few matches against New Zealand (June 13), Pakistan (June 16) and Afghanistan (June 22). However, the Indian team would be hoping for him to return to the playing XI for the match against West Indies on June 27.On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Shikhar Dhawan will be kept under observation and no replacement will be named yet. However, Rishabh Pant has been called into England as cover for Dhawan. Rishabh Pant will reach England on June 14.Bangar said while it was good to have a back-up, the Indian team will provide every assistance to Dhawan to get their star opener back on to the field as soon as possible.”We are monitoring Shikhar Dhawan. He may take 10 to 12 days to recover. We will assist him. Vijay Shankar is one of the options, if and when required. It’s good to have back up. Rishabh Pant will be in Manchester,” Bangar told the media on the eve of India’s third match in World Cup 2019 against New Zealand on Thursday.Team India batting Coach Sanjay Bangar: We’re monitoring Shikhar Dhawan. He may take 10-12 days to recover, we’ll assist him. Vijay Shankar is one of the options, if&when required. It’s good to have back up. Rishabh Pant will be in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/u4LUGsTGinadvertisementANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019With Dhawan ruled out, it KL Rahul looks certain to open with Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli will bat at No.3 while Vijay Shankar might come in at No.4. MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya will make up the remainder of the batting line-up.#WATCH Shikhar Dhawan at India’s practice session at Trent Bridge, Nottingham ahead of their #ICCCricketWorldCup2019 match against New Zealand, tomorrow. He had suffered a fracture on his thumb in India’s match against Australia on 9 June & has been ruled out for at least a week. pic.twitter.com/4PjV3dvH6j ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019With everything on the Indian team centered on Shikhar Dhawan over the last two days, the man himself looked pretty relaxed when he stepped out to watch a movie with his teammates. In fact, a day later Dhawan even tweeted a few lines from a famous poet to indicate he was ready to fight it out and play again in this World Cup.Also Read | Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan tweets lines from Rahat Indori’s poem after thumb injuryAlso Read | India look to equal World Cup record vs New Zealand in Shikhar Dhawan’s absencelast_img

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