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MUMBAI: India's World Cup marketing campaign suffered a blow on Sunday when a Pat Cummins bouncer hit opener Shikhar Dhawan's left thumb, inflicting him an harm.

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On Tuesday, the blow became a nightmare for the team as scans on the thumb published a fracture, ruling Dhawan out of the World Cup for the next 3 weeks. Those within the know say the Delhi batsman is probably not to be had for variety no less than till the fit towards Bangladesh, scheduled for July 2 or the one next towards Sri Lanka on July 6.

The initial record on Dhawan's harm showed a fracture. The team management will probably be given a thorough record at 2 pm UK time (round 6:30 pm IST).

"He's as good as ruled out. It's a huge blow," sources aware of traits instructed TOI.

Dhawan's untimely harm, on the other hand, has made manner for the selection of another Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant. The speeding wicket-keeper-batsman, who misplaced his spot within the World Cup to Dinesh Karthik, will now be packing his luggage to leave for the United Kingdom on the earliest.

"Once all the details on Dhawan's injury are out, the team management will put out an official request for a replacement. And that replacement is going to be Pant. The injury is bad enough to ask for a replacement," sources instructed TOI.

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The nationwide selectors had neglected Pant whilst selecting the 15-member squad for the World Cup, hinting at his lack of enjoy. However, with Dhawan - an competitive batting possibility proper up the order - being ruled out, the team is convinced that Pant should walk in on the earliest.

The 21-year-old may find himself on a flight to London inside the next 48 hours.


While India would possibly not be capable of include Pant within the taking part in 11 towards New Zealand, the damaging left-hander is likely to be roped in for the all-important fit towards Pakistan. "Rahul could move up the order and open the innings with Rohit (Sharma) and Pant could be slotted at Number 4. But that's pretty much like thinking aloud for now. We'll weigh these options carefully," sources added.


Dhawan's loss in an ICC match is a large one for India. His remarkable century towards Australia on Sunday used to be only a reminder of how valuable the Delhi batsman has been for India in one of the most fresh 50-over multi-nation tournaments like the 2013 Champions Trophy and the 2015 World Cup.


Pant used to be all the time within the variety ranks where World Cup slots have been being considered till a few months in the past. To quote a senior member of the Indian team management, this is how the batsman used to be being looked at: "the young man can be considered an asset as an opener as well as in the middle-order. At No. 4, he can be very valuable with his style of play. Along with Hardik, Pant can take the pressure off Virat and MS Dhoni by scoring quickly and they can focus on building totals."


In the present context, nevertheless, Rahul - together with his enjoy as an opener - is much more likely to absorb Dhawan's role whilst Pant will have to fill within the slot that will probably be left vacant via Rahul within the middle-order.

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