A final decision on Shikhar Dhawan's availability at the ongoing World Cup will be taken only after 10 to 12 days as he is too "precious" to be ruled out just yet, India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said Wednesday.
"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team", said a BCCI statement.
"Rishabh Pant is being flown in from India as cover at the request of the team management", a senior BCCI official told PTI in England.
Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day worldwide century. The Kiwis have won three out of the three games while India also triumphed in both the matches thus far.
There were calls from various quarters that Rishabh Pant should be called in as the replacement if Dhawan is unable to reach full fitness and is ruled out of the tournament. Here is what the experts have to say about Team India's setback.
"The best case scenario is he is ready in about two weeks time because of the pain threshold he has". India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel.
Dhawan has been ruled out of three weeks due to a thumb fracture which he sustained during his match-winning hundred in the clash against Australia on Sunday. However, when last time India faced New Zeland in the warm-up match, the BlackCaps compleltely outplayed the Kohli's men.