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ICC World Cup 2019: 5 Players who can replace Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan has been ruled out for three weeks due to a thumb injury.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

India’s World Cup 2019 campaign has been encountered with a body blow. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a century against Australia, has been ruled out for three weeks from the mega event. The left-handed batter developed a thumb injury after being hit on his thumb by a rising ball from fast bowler Pat Cummins. Despite getting hit, he went on to score a match-winning ton, helping his team post 352 on the board.

He didn’t even come to the field during the Australian innings and Ravindra Jadeja was his substitute. He was scheduled to undergo scans on Tuesday, the results of which are definitely not something to cheer about for Dhawan and the team management. After the jolt ahead of their match against New Zealand at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the team would be desperate to find his appropriate replacement.

Here are five players who can replace the 33-year-old Dhawan in the Indian squad

1. Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Prior to India’s squad announcement in April, many expected Rishabh Pant to make the cut for the 50-overs tournament. However, he missed the bus as Dinesh Karthik was preferred ahead of him in the squad. Karthik got in as MS Dhoni’s backup keeper. The 21-year-old Pant played the five-match home ODI  series against Australia and many reckoned that he should be selected in the World Cup squad.

The southpaw made his debut last year versus the Windies and has scored only 93 runs in five matches at an average of 23.25. But he dished out some superlative knocks in the 2019 IPL and impressed one and all. He has been a grand success in Test cricket with already a couple of centuries against England and Australia under his belt. The southpaw now will be praying to get in the national squad for the World Cup.

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