Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

Dhawan underwent precautionary scans and tests following the injury. However, with Dhawan - an aggressive batting option right up the order - being ruled out, the team is convinced that Pant should walk in at the earliest.

With India opener Shikhar Dhawan ruled out for three weeks, it comes as a massive setback for the team.

Before the 15-man squad selection for the ongoing World Cup, Pant was one of the frontrunners to get his maiden mega event call-up.

Dhawan has been a vital player for India in ICC tournaments. In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored 2 hundreds.

33-year-old Dhawan was the star of India's win over Australia on Sunday with a knock of 117 runs from 109 deliveries. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton.

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This is a major blow for India, especially if we take into consideration the left-hander's record while playing in the ICC Tournaments.

But the consequences of not naming a timely replacement could be just as ruinous for India's middle-order. In the first two games, Rahul had batted at number four. While others took it as an opportunity to ask BCCI to call-up Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer to the Indian team.

But the solidity and weight of accumulated runs (4,681 at an average of 45.89), that Dhawan and Rohit Sharma bring to the table, would be missed. The Black Caps now occupy first position in the 2019 tournament's 10-team standings, after three wins in as many attempts, while the Indians are third behind second-placed England.

It isn't an ideal scenario but it is the only way to keep the door ajar on both a possible recovery and a timely replacement. "But if you try sometime you might find, you get what you need".

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