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Injured Shikhar Dhawan under observation: BCCI

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Injured opener will be under observation as he strives to recover from a thumb fracture he picked up during the Autralia game, the BCCI said on Tuesday.

In a group, the BCCI said, "Team opening batsman is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.

"Dhawan sustained an on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against "Dhawan, who roared back to form with a belligerent 117 in India's last game against the Aussies on Sunday, got hit on the thumb by a Pat delivery during his 109-ball knock. While he continued to bat with the injury, Ravindra Jadeja took over when came out to field.

IANS has learnt that the fracture line has only been detected on CT scan and no fracture was detected post

This saw Dhawan travel to for further consultation. It is believed that while the team can apply for a replacement any time, they want to be certain on Dhawan's status and recovery time before deciding on whether to call a replacement.

The Indian selectors had earlier named Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, and as the reserves and while they can pick anyone from even outside the list, it is believed that Pant is the frontrunner as K.L. Rahul is expected to open the innings and whoever comes in will fit into the middle-order.

Going into the game against at The Oval, Dhawan didn't have the best of starts to this year's World Cup, but back at his favourite hunting ground, the opener looked in fine spirit as he hit his first hundred of the tournament.

Dhawan's loss is colossal for Virat Kohli and Co., especially with the left-hander boasting of an exceptional record in ICC tournaments.

In 20 matches across and the Champions Trophy, Dhawan has 1,238 runs with six hundreds and four fifties, averaging 65.15 with a strike rate of 98.25.

In 10 matches, he has racked up 537 runs at 53.70 with a strike rate of 94.21.

India will next take on on Thursday before squaring off with arch-rivals on Sunday.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 20:44 IST
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