Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019, Pant added to the Indian squad
The Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the rest of ICC World Cup 2019 due to a fractured thumb he assists during the match against Australia, it was confirmed on Wednesday (June 19). Rishabh Pant, who was flown in as a standby last week, was added to the India squad as a replacement approval from the ICC later in the day.
The 33-year-old opener who had scans on his left thumb in Leeds, remained with the Indian side as per the management's decision while being under the observation of the BCCI medical team. But his injury needing a longer recovery time, so BCCI won't take any risk regarding India's key player Shikhar Dhawan and now he won't take further part in the tournament. Dhawan's fracture is at the base of the first metacarpal (i.e. bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers) on his left hand," Sunil Subramaniam, India's team manager, said. "We've requested for Rishabh Pant as a replacement."

Dhawan struck by a rising bouncer from Pat Cummins and gets injured on his left thumb during his match-winning 117-run knock against Australia at The Oval on June 9. In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul had opened India's innings with the "Hitman" Rohit Sharma against Pakistan. Rahul was impressive in that match scoring 57 and sharing a record 136-run stand for the 1st wicket, it is the highest partnership for 1st wicket in this World Cup so far.

India has had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. India faces Afghanistan next on June 22 before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.