Thumb injury leave India star Dhawan’s World Cup in doubt

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Nottingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) –

India’s Shikhar Dhawan was ing reports on Tuesday over a thumb injury that has put his World Cup participation in doubt.

Dhawan led India to their second straight win of the 50-over showpiece event with a 109-ball 117 against reigning champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday but took a hit to his left thumb during the course of his innings.

Team physio Patrick Farhart is due to make a decision on the extent of Dhawan’s injury later Tuesday but reports in the Indian media have suggested the 33-year-old opener has fractured his thumb.

The left-handed batsman suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile but still went on to complete his 17th one-day international century.

But Dhawan took no further part in the match after his dismissal, with substitute Ravindra Jadeja taking the field in his place as India comfortably defended their total of 352 for five to complete a 36-run victory.

The Virat Kohli-led side are up against New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in the showpiece match of the 10-team round-robin group stage in Manchester on Sunday.

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