In a major blow to Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019). The left-hander was hit on the thumb during a match against Australia and was ruled out for subsequent three weeks. Earlier today, the opener was eventually ruled out of the tournament. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who was sent as a cover for Dhawan will now replace him in the squad. Meanwhile, Dhawan in an emotional video message thanked his fans and announced that he no longer will take part in the CWC 2019. Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 With Thumb Fracture, Rishabh Pant Named Replacement.
“I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I'm grateful for all the love & support from my teammates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!,” Dhawan tweeted along with a video message.
In the video, Dhawan said, “ Just wanted to make a video to show gratitude towards your prayers and love which you all have been showering at me. Really appreciate it. Unfortunately, my thumb won’t be recovering on time. I really wanted to play the World Cup and represent my country, now it is time for me to go back and recover well and be ready for the next selection.” Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of CWC 2019 Due to Fractured Thumb; Disappointed Netizens Label This as a Huge Blow for Team India.
Shikhar Dhawan's Video Message for Fans
I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I'm grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!🙏 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zx8Ihm3051
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 19, 2019
“Boys are doing a great job at the moment. Keep praying and keep supporting us. Your support and prayers are very important and dear to us. Thank you all again for all your support and love. Love you all and thank you!” the opener added.
In Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul was promoted as an opener and he did a fine job against Pakistan. The right-handed batsman will continue to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. It will be interesting to see whether Pant gets a game or not.