Dhawan sustains thumb fracture, Cup future hangs in balance

Updated: few hours ago

Nottingham, Jun 11 (PTI) In-form senior India opener Shikhar Dhawan was Tuesday ruled out of at least two World Cup matches after his left thumb was found to have a hairline fracture, dealing a major blow to one of the top title contenders at the showpiece.

The team management was tight-lipped on a possible replacement, which may not even be called if the injury heals within two weeks, a BCCI source told PTI.

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are on BCCI's official stand-by list in case the need for a replacement arises. But Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer's name is also doing the rounds as he is a specialist No.4 batsman.

It is learnt that Pant, whose omission from the original squad kicked up quite a storm given his brilliant form in the past one year, might be flown in as a cover, not replacement.