Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup with fractured thumb


India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a fractured left thumb.

Dhawan, 33, was struck by a delivery from Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins but went on to score 117 from 109 balls in India’s 36-run win on 9 June.

He missed Sunday’s match against Pakistan, with KL Rahul opening in his absence, and he will be in a cast until the middle of July.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been confirmed as Dhawan’s replacement.

Left-hander Dhawan has made 17 one-day centuries and averages 44.91 with the bat.

India, who are unbeaten in the 2019 World Cup, next play Afghanistan on Saturday at Southampton.

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