England, June 11: Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a thumb injury that he had sustained during India’s CWC 2019 game against Australia. Dhawan registered a century as India beat Australia by 36 runs to remain undefeated in the competition.
Dhawan along with Rohit Sharma has been instrumental to India sublime run in the World Cup 2019 so far. While, Rohit made a century to lead India to victory over South Africa in their opening encounter, Dhawan made a hundred against the reigning champions.
Dhawan was coming into this World Cup on the back of a successful IPL campaign, where he scored 521 runs in 16 matches at an average of 34.73 for the Delhi Capitals. However, the ODI form he was carrying into the tournament — 420 runs since the start of 2019 at an average of 35.00 — was a bit of a concern for a player who has a career batting average of 44.91.
After the fantastic win over Australia in which Dhawan shined with bat and also bagged the Man of the Match award expressed his happiness post-match. (Agencies)