World Cup 2019: Kohli is inspired by THESE legends

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli

New Delhi, June 12: Apart from extraordinary performances with bat and ball, winning a World Cup requires a lot of divine inspiration as well.

On Tuesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli got a generous dose of inspiration from none other that the 'God' of cricket Sachin Tendulkar and his former opening partner Virender Sehwag.

With rain washing out the Indian team's practice session on Tuesday, Kohli spent some time with the two legends.

The trio were engaged in lively conversation and Kohli no doubt received some valuable tips from Sachin and Sehwag.

Later, Kohli shared a photo on social media with the two former India stars.

"Some pictures indeed are special @sachin_rt @virendersehwag," Kohli captioned the photo on his official Twitter handle.

Kohli was a member of the Indian squad which won the the 2011 World Cup along with Sachin and Sehwag.

Meahwhile, the suspense over Shikhar Dhawan's continued participation in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 continues.

The star opener was hit on the fingers after he was surprised by the awkward bounce of a Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery during India's last World Cup match against Australia. But he continued to bat with a tapped thumb despite the pain.

With Dhawan's participation thought to be crucial for India's chances, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has declined to take a final call on the matter and instead decided to keep the batsman under observation.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored," the BCCI said in a statement.

"Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia," the statement added.

The Delhi southpaw may reportedly miss the next two matches against New Zealand and arch-rivals Pakistan.

"Dhawan will, however, miss the game against New Zealand on Thursday and the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday," a BCCI source told PTI.While there is no official confirmation yet on the extent of the injury and the number of days Dhawan will have to sit out, media reports were doing the rounds earlier which claimed that young wicketkeper-batsman Rishabh Pant may be flown out to England.

If Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of the rest of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, it will be a huge jolt for the Indian team. It will be difficult for the team management to find a suitable replacement.

"He's as good as ruled out. It's a huge blow," the Times of India quoted BCCI sources as saying.

"Once all the details on Dhawan's injury are out, the team management will put out an official request for a replacement. And that replacement is going to be Pant. The injury is bad enough to ask for a replacement," he added.

Pant was left out of the 15-man World Cup squad although several former players had called for his selection.

The absence of a proper number four batsman is already dogging the team, although Lokesh Rahul has done well in the two matches the Indians have played at this World Cup.

In such a situation, the absence of a proper opener will put an extra burden of the team management.

Dhawan was hit on the fingers after he was surprised by the awkward bounce of a Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery during the match against Australia. But he continued to bat with a tapped thumb despite the pain.

When the Australians came out to bat, Dhawan was excused from fielding duties with Ravindra Jadeja being the replacement fielder.

Dhawan, who had also featured in the 2015 World Cup, scored his third century in World Cup competition against Australia on Sunday.

His fine knock helped India to post an imposing total of 352 against Australia.

He had earlier finished as the top scorer at the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2013. He had scored a total of 363 runs at the 2013 tournament and 338 runs at the 2017 event.

Dhawan was also the highest scorer for India at the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

He had a total of 412 runs at the tournament. The Delhi batsman had posted two centuries at that tournament with a the highest score 137 coming against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan century against Australia was the 27th World Cup century by an Indian.

This is the most by any team. Australia are at the second spot with 26 while Sri Lanka are third with 24.

With 6 centuries, Sachin Tendulkar has the most three-figure scores at the World Cup by an Indian. Sourav Ganguly is second with 4.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting jointly hold the top spot with five centuries each.  

Dhawan's century knocks are also lucky for India. The men in blue have won 4 of the five ICC tournament matches in which Dhawan has posted three-figure scores.

News24 Bureau/Agencies

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