Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for three weeks

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Shikhar Dhawan, whose magnificent century against the defending champion Australia on Sunday led to India's splendid victory, has been ruled out for three weeks in the ongoing cricket World Cup competition.

Dhawan had sustained the injury on Sunday but went on to score a match-winning 117 against Australia.

It has been learnt that the team management is not too keen on a replacement right now unless the doctors rule him out for more than a month. The report claimed that Dhawan will remain under observation with the Indian team.

India's next World Cup fixture will be against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

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. At least three Indian selectors - MSK Prasad (chairman) along with Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi - are travelling with the Indian squad.

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Dhawan is a big-match player especially in ICC tournaments where he has scored 6 hundreds so far. And if not for Dhawan's injury, his chances of making it to the XI in any of the World Cup matches looked bleak. He was also India's top run-scorer at the last World Cup.

This is a major blow for India, especially if we take into consideration the left-hander's record while playing in the ICC Tournaments.

If the former India captain agrees to give up his number five spot and move up to compensate for KL Rahul's transfer up the order, it would make the team management's decision much easier.

But the solidity and weight of accumulated runs (4,681 at an average of 45.89), that Dhawan and Rohit Sharma bring to the table, would be missed.