Cricket World Cup 2019: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan expected to miss Black Caps clash

2019-06-11 11:00:51

Black Caps bowlers can forget about planning to bowl to Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan in their next World Cup match.

The 33-year-old is expected to miss India's next two matches due to a suspected hairline fracture to his left-thumb.

Dhawan was struck on the thumb by a Pat Cummins delivery before going on to make 117 in his team's 36-run win against Australia at the weekend.

ESPNcricinfo is reporting Dhawan has gone to Leeds to undergo scans, and an update on his injury will be provided on Wednesday (NZT).

India have not yet named a replacement, but it's safe to say Dhawan won't play against the Black Caps at Trent Bridge, which starts on Thursday night (NZT).

Heavy rain is predicted in the days leading up to the game, with forecasts predicting the rain might ease come the start of play.

Should Dhawan miss a further match, he will sit out India's fourth fixture of the World Cup, against Pakistan, starting on Sunday night (NZT).

The Black Caps have won all three of their matches so far and are on top of the ladder.

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