Shikhar Dhawan`s World Cup fate to be known in a few hours

Shikhar Dhawan has scored three WC tons

Shikhar Dhawan`s World Cup fate to be known in a few hours

In a major blow to India, star batsman Shikhar Dhawan was on Tuesday all but ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a left thumb fracture.

Dhawan, hero of India's win over Australia in the World Cup on Sunday, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile. Although he looked in significant pain, Dhawan amassed 117 runs off 109 balls as the Men in Blues posted 352 runs in their 50 overs. However, Shikhar Dhawan didn't return on the field in the second innings as Ravindra Jadeja fielded the entire 50 overs.

Cricketnext has reliably learnt Dhawan is being assessed by the team physio Patrick Farhart and an update on the extent of his injury will be provided later on Tuesday. He underwent scans here in which the fracture came to light.

Shikhar will be unavailable for India's matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies and England.

Designated standbys Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are in contention to replace Dhawan.

In Dhawan's absence, India are likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma and KLRahul, which would mean the Virat Kohli-led side would have to, once again, make a decision on the number four slot, which was, at the moment, was filled by Rahul.

The 33-year-old has been India's key player in ICC tournaments where he has six hundreds to his name.

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