Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan expected to miss Black Caps clash

Shikhar Dhawan has scored three WC tons

Huge blow for India; Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019

India's World Cup campaign received a major jolt on Tuesday with in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out of action for three weeks.

According to a report in India Today, Dhawan, who scored a brilliant century against Australia in India's 36-run win on Sunday (9 June) was hit on his left thumb during his innings, but continued to bat. POINTS TABLEThe left-hander did not field at all during Australia's run chase and was seen in the dressing room with an ice-pack on his left thumb.

However, with the team management still assessing his medical report and scan reports, a final world on Dhawan may emerge later in the day.

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India have not yet named a replacement, but it's safe to say Dhawan won't play against the Black Caps at Trent Bridge, which starts on Thursday night (NZT). The "Man of the match" from the previous encounter against Australia, Dhawan has 6 hundreds in the tournaments organized by World Cricket's apex body. "We are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. We are very happy with the performance overall", Dhawan had said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

And in the eventuality of him being ruled out, India will have to get ICC technical committee permission to avail a replacement.

KL Rahul will likely open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming match against New Zealand and Vijay Shankar may slot in the number four position.

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