Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has given an update on opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s availability in the ongoing World Cup. There were apprehensions over Dhawan’s availability after he suffered the injury on his thumbs.

Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during the 36-run win over Australia. He was hit on his left thumb by a delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile early in his innings and needed medical attention. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton. He was eventually out after scoring 117 off 109 balls. He, however, had not come out to field at all with Ravindra Jadeja taking his place in the field.

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Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Getty Images)

Later, reports suggested that Dhawan has been sidelined for at least three weeks. But the BCCI decided against sending Dhawan back home. Instead, the Indian team has kept the opening batsman under observation. And Sanjay Bangar has now stated that any call on Dhawan can be taken only after 10-12 days.

“As far as Shikhar [Dhawan] is concerned, around the 10th or 12th day we’ll be able to assess,” Sanjay Bangar said ahead of the game against New Zealand.

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Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant is set to join the Indian team in England as a cover for Dhawan. The wicketkeeper-batsman will not be a part of the 15-man squad but can be added to the squad if Dhawan fails to recover.

Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)

India will definitely be desperate to see Dhawan recovering as quickly as possible. Dhawan is not only in good form at the moment but has also a fantastic track record in the ICC tournaments. Dhawan was the top score in the last two Champions Trophy held in England. He was also India’s top run-scorer at the last World Cup. With Dhawan out of action now, KL Rahul looks set to open alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming games.