In the match against Australia, The ball bowled by Pacer Pat Cummins hit the thumb of Dhawan. The Indian Batsman continued playing inspite of the injury and scored a match-winning 117 runs of 109 balls. Skipper Kohli and Head Coach Ravi Shastri decided to be patient and take a final call on Dhawan's replacement based on his recovery speed. Latest examination proved Dhawan is taking more time than expected to become normal.
Wicket-keeper Batsman Rishabh Pant replaces Shikhar Dhawan in the 15-member India Squad. He scored Test Centuries in both England and Australia apart from having a good IPL 12 season. His inclusion in the squad as replacement for Dhawan doesn't come as a surprise. Whether Kohli will prefer Vijay Shankar or Rishanb Pant in the Playing XI is a million dollar question?