Team India fans are in for a big shock as India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan's injury (thumb fracture) will lead to his exclusion in the match against Australia. The Team in absence of the left-handed opening batsman will have also doubts if he is fit to play in the upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Speaking to the media John Gloster, a physician in the Indian cricket team said that Dhawan is undergoing treatment and is hopeful he is going to continue playing in the World Cup 2019.
Meanwhile, Team India has not yet decided on the fourth-order for the upcoming matches.
"Dhawan's position has not yet been called by any other replacement player, secondly he battled his injury throughout the innings, so the injury could have turned worse, as of now we do not know whether it is a soft tissue injury or fracture, cricket fans will soon be informed," he said.
Dhawan has confirmed that he will be playing going by the Gloster'sclaim that he can continue to bat with proper tapping and protection to alleviate pain, but the chances are still low.
If Dhawan goes out, who can be a substitute?
At the same time, the question arises as to who is the best opener, a fourth-order filler also seems a big issue with the team since the 2015 world cup.
KL Rahul, who has been inducted into the team for the first time, is likely to start the innings with Rohit in the next match against New Zealand. Rahul has been an opener in the IPL and Test matches but has been batting at number four in the previous two games ...
Dinesh Karthik, all-rounder Vijay Shankar Or Kedar Jadhav is assertive that this position is appropriate. However, Kedar Jadhav has already fielded sixth in the World Cup. It is likely that the veteran Karthik and Vijay Shankar will appear in the team.
If Shikhar Dhawan is out of the World Cup, BCCI will be on the lookout for a replacement player. Players like Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant for the position is not a bad idea either. But BCCI, who are inquiring about Dawan's health, have been maintaining that Dhawan will be recovering and will not be replaced by anyone.
The captain of the team, Virat, has a bigger problem with Dhawan's injury and he has to worry about what sort of game he should play in the field. No one wants to open the game as an opener because he has already played the role of Kohli early. Dinesh Karthik is expected to play in second or third-order
No wonder Team India has to face great challenges in the coming daysShare on Twitter Share on Facebook