Former India captain and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels that injured Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will be back stronger from his thumb injury and will be key for the side during the knock-out stages of the tournament.
1. India and Pakistan will clash on June 16 in Manchester.
2. Shikhar Dhawan will miss the game due to a fractured thumb.
3. Sachin Tendulkar believes that Dhawan will return stronger and will be key in the knock-out stages.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan's thumb injury during the match against Australia has the Indian team management in a spot of bother at the World Cup 2019. With their next match slated against Pakistan, the focus is to get the team combination right for the most anticipated game of the tournament. But with Dhawan set to miss the tie in Manchester, speculations are on as to when the left-hander will be able to regain full fitness.
Former India captain and opener Sachin Tendulkar, in an exclusive chat with India Today expressed his faith in 'fighter' Dhawan, saying that he believes that it's not necessary to play him at this stage keeping in mind the semis-finals and final where he could be key to India's success.
Tendulkar also recalled India's tour to New Zealand in 2009 when he played with a broken finger and believes that if needed, Dhawan can do the same for the team."I actually played a whole tour of New Zealand in 2009 with a fractured finger. I remember, in Hamilton in the very 1st match, I took a catch and broke my finger. If you noticed I used to have a huge padding protecting my fingers but I played with a broken finger. I think players learn to play with some discomfort and Shikhar is a fighter and I know he will come back fighting," said Dhawan.
Sachin said that Dhawan doesn't need to prove himself anymore as his ICC tournaments record 'speaks for himself'.
"His numbers speak for himself and he doesn't need to go out telling the world what he has done in ICC tournaments. All he has to do is get fit, come back and deliver," said Sachin.
KL Rahul is expected to open the innings with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan. India are currently on the 3rd spot in the points table with 5 points from 3 games after the washout against New Zealand on Thursday.