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Dhawan injury in focus ahead of India-NZ game

Updated June 12, 2019

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India's Shikhar Dhawan raises his bat to the crowd as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Australia at The Oval in London on June 9. — AFP/File
India's Shikhar Dhawan raises his bat to the crowd as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Australia at The Oval in London on June 9. — AFP/File

NOTTINGHAM: India on Tuesday put Shikhar Dhawan under observation over a hand injury that could sideline the batsman for at least two weeks at the World Cup.

Dhawan led India to their second win of the 50-over tournament with his 117 against holders Australia on Sunday, but the opener took a hit near the thumb during the innings and didn’t come out to field at The Oval.

Dhawan’s injury is a blow to Virat Kohli’s side, who will play New Zealand on Thursday before taking on arch rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.

The BCCI did not reveal the extent of Dhawan’s injury, but said the left-hander will stay with the team after rumours he would have to be replaced.

“Team India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team,” said a BCCI statement. “The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.

“Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the World Cup league match against Australia.”

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2019