India, New Zealand share points after another washout

This World Cup has already turned into a damp squib with the most washouts ever in a single edition of the quadrennial event. India, on the other hand, have won both their tough matches against South Africa and Australia.

India will start as favourites in the game against New Zealand in Nottingham despite losing a warm-up match to the Black Caps last month. However, the bigger talking point all through this week has been the injury to Shikhar Dhawan and then the India-Pakistan match.

This was the fourth match to be either called off or abandoned in the rain-hit tournament with many questioning the absence of reserve days for group matches.

"The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored". The untimely damage of Dhawan will force Virat Kohli to make a change to their winning combination. KL Rahul will likely slot in the top-order while Dinesh Karthik will bat at four considering his experience playing at this stage and in England before.

Shikhar Dhawan, the left-handed opening batsman, will undergo precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of injury on his swollen left thumb.

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.

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Indian captain Virak Kohli said it was a sensible decision to call off the match.

"The best case scenario is he is ready in about two weeks time because of the pain threshold he has".

"Once we assess him, probably 10 or 12 days [after the injury], we'll have a look", said Ramakrishnan Sridhar, India's fielding coach.

Reports from India suggest Pant, who missed out on making the 15-man World Cup squad, is expected to fly in as cover for Dhawan.

None of the World Cup games featuring India and New Zealand has been affected so far even though India had to cancel a training session each ahead of the first match in Southampton on June 5 and London on June 9.

  • Lawrence Cooper