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CWC 2019: The pitch will miss you, says PM Modi on Shikhar Dhawan’s exit

Earlier on Thursday, retired India batsman Sachin Tendulkar also wished Dhawan an early recovery and said he will come back strongly after being forced to miss the event.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished India opener Shikhar Dhawan a speedy recovery. The swashbuckling left-handed batsman has been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup due to a fractured thumb on Wednesday.

After being forced out, an emotional Dhawan had tweeted, “I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I’m grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!. [sic]”

Retweeting the opener’s tweet, PM Modi wrote: “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.”

Notably, Dhawan had suffered a thumb injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins’ delivery during his 117-run knock against Australia on 9 June.

On Wednesday, the southpaw was officially ruled out of the remainder of the showpiece event and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who flew in as Dhawan’s cover ahead of India’s game against Pakistan in Manchester, was officially named his replacement.

Earlier on Thursday, retired India batsman Sachin Tendulkar also wished Dhawan an early recovery and said he will come back strongly after being forced to miss the event.

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In between Dhawan’s injury and him being ruled out of the tournament, Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled up a hamstring during India’s clash with Pakistan on 16 June to send further jitters in the Indian camp.

With 7 points (3 wins and a rain-washed game), India are currently placed at the 4th place in the points table. Notably, India are unbeaten in the tournament so far.

India will take on Afghanistan on Saturday. The Afghans, who haven’t won a match yet in this edition of the showpiece event, must be looking to change their luck.