Modi misses Gabbar .... Come back soon, take India to Shikhar

Shikhar Dhawan

New Delhi, June 20: Terming Shikhar Dhawan as one of the key players in Team India,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished a speedy recovery to the injured star opener.

Modi took to social media to send out a message to the Indian team who are currently in England for the cricket World Cup.

Dhawan picked up the injury during India's victory over Australia when he was hit on his left thumb by a delivery from pacer Pat Cummins.

The impact caused a hairline fracture on the finger and Indian team physios confirmed on Wednesday that Dhawan will not be able to play any further part in the World Cup.

Modi's message was a response to an emotional video from Dhawan which the batsman had posted on Twitter after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially confirmed that he is out of the World Cup.

"Dear @SDhawan25, no doubt the pitch will miss you but I hope you recover at the earliest so that you can once again be back on the field and contribute to more wins for the nation," the Prime Minister tweeted.

 The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday that the Event Technical Committee of the World Cup has approved Rishabh Pant as a replacement player for Dhawan in India's squad for the remainder of the tournament.

Shikhar Dhawan

"The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives)," the ICC release said.

Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday morning as he was not in a position to recover in time for the remaining games of the showpiece event.

Explaining the nature of the fracture, the BCCI tweeted: "Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team's second match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019."

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