To quote a senior member of the Indian team management, here's how the batsman was being looked at: "the young man can be considered an asset as an opener as well as in the middle-order". Subsequent scans revealed that he has sustained a thumb fracture. Equally ambiguous were the source-based reports of just how long Dhawan is expected to be ruled out of action-some claimed two matches and others supposed three weeks.
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Dhawan's match-winning knock of 117 on Sunday helped India post 352 runs on the board, and they eventually beat Australia by 36 runs. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton. If he knew it was bad instantly then Dhawan did well not to show it. For a while after being hit, he kept taking his bottom hand off the bat when striking the ball, indicating that he was in pain. Physio Patrick Farhart was slated to take a call on whether the batsman would continue to play in the tournament.
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However, he took a blow to his hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early into his innings and did not field during Australia's reply.
And in the eventuality of him being ruled out, India will have to get ICC technical committee permission to avail a replacement. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have after all opened for India in every ICC major since the 2013 Champions Trophy.
He had scored 2 magnificent hundreds in the 2015 World Cup organized in Australia and New Zealand as well. An opener by profession, Rahul will now be asked to fill in for Dhawan at the top. India has won both of its matches so far while the Black Caps have also won all the three matches they played till now. The idea of replacing Dhawan with another Delhi left-hander seems rather apt. Possible replacements being talked about are standbys Pant and Rayudu along with India A captain Shreyas Iyer. The report claimed that Dhawan will remain under observation with the Indian team.