CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 28: India batsman K L Rahul reaches his century during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match between Bangladesh and India at Cardiff Wales Stadium on May 28, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales.
On the eve of the clash against the Kiwis, batting coach Sanjay Bangar addressed the media and gave an update on opener Shikhar Dhawan's injury.
It is worth mentioning that Dhawan was the star with the bat in India's win against the Aussies at the Kennington Oval on Sunday with his scintillating knock of 117 off 109 deliveries. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton. However, he didn't come out to field and after undergoing scans, a hairline fracture was revealed. Reports earlier suggested that the southpaw could miss nearly 3 weeks of action. But the BCCI decided against sending Dhawan back home. He also revealed that wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been called in as a back-up in case Dhawan can not regain fitness in time. Instead, the Indian team has kept the opening batsman under observation. And looks BCCI have heard those pleas as they have asked the wicketkeeper-batsman to flow down to England as cover for Dhawan.
Thus, the 33-year-old will not be featuring in Indian colours for the entire month of June and will miss India's upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, and Hosts England (all of which are to be played in June) in the World Cup.
India will definitely be desperate to see Dhawan recovering as quickly as possible. Dhawan was the top score in the last two Champions Trophy held in England.