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Oval and out? Dhawan injury upsets India plans

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A hand injury suffered in the match against Australia has thrown Shikhar Dhawan’s further World Cup participation into doubt but the in-form opener will remain with the team, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Dhawan was batting on 24 when a Pat Cummins bouncer hit him on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the game at The Oval on Sunday. The left-hander braved the pain and made a match-winning 117 as India beat the defending champions by 36 runs.

Dhawan did not field when Australia were chasing and was seen with his hand in an ice pack in the dressing-room. “Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team,” the BCCI said in a statement ahead of Thursday’s match against New Zealand. “The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.” The board did not elaborate how many matches Dhawan would miss but his absence is a serious jolt after a smooth start to India’s bid for a third 50-overs World Cup title.

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