India have called for Rishabh Pant to provide cover for Shikhar Dhawan after the opening batsman suffered a Cricket World Cup injury blow.

Dhawan made a brilliant century in the victory over holders Australia at The Oval on Sunday but was unable to field after being struck on the thumb while batting.

With uncertainty over how long Dhawan will be out of action, wicketkeeper-batsman Pant will fly to England.

Pant will be on standby in case powerful left-hander Dhawan can play no further part in the tournament.

A BCCI statement released on Tuesday said: "Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team.

"The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored."

India have announced Shikhar Dhawan will remain in England as their medical team continue to monitor the thumb injury he suffered in the win over Australia on Sunday.

Opening batsman Dhawan was struck on his left hand by a delivery from Pat Cummins in the early stages of the Cricket World Cup clash at The Oval, though the blow did not stop him continuing his innings.

The left-hander went on to make 117, helping India amass 352-5 after opting to bat first, but did not field in the second half of the fixture, watching on from the dressing room as Australia were bowled out for 316 in reply.

Reports in the media have suggested a suspected hairline fracture and while the team have yet to confirm the full extent of the damage, the Board of Control for Cricket in India did offer an update via Twitter on Tuesday.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team," they wrote in a post that also included a picture of Dhawan celebrating reaching 50 against Australia.

"The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored."

India are next in action on Thursday, as they face New Zealand at Trent Bridge in a battle between two teams who still own 100 per cent records at this year's tournament.

Virat Kohli's side then take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday, though they may have to do without Dhawan for at least the next two games.

If Australia go on to retain their crown at the Cricket World Cup, Sunday's defeat to India may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Aaron Finch's team

The reigning champions were put to the sword in the first innings at The Oval, where opener Shikhar Dhawan's century and 82 from captain Virat Kohli helped India reach a daunting 352-5.

With Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc blunted up front, the rest of Australia's bowlers were unable to contain, let alone pose a threat. There were two late wickets for all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, but they came too late to make a difference.

Yet despite the attack going at a combined economy rate in excess of seven runs per over, it was the Australian run chase that was the major talking point in the aftermath.

David Warner and Steve Smith hit half-centuries, while skipper Finch and Usman Khawaja also made contributions. However, none of the top four were able to copy Dhawan's example, failing to turn what were promising starts into a meaningful score their team desperately needed.

In getting out when seemingly in, they left their middle-order colleagues too much work to do. If the plan all along was to set up the innings for a big finish, they drifted further away from the script each time a wicket was lost.

Glenn Maxwell tried his best, hitting 28 off 14 deliveries, and Alex Carey smashed his country's fastest ever World Cup half-century, but it was all in vain. They were bowled out from the final ball of the 50th over, 36 runs short.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan branded Australia's batting "dated play" on Twitter. Kevin Pietersen went even stronger in his appraisal, describing the innings as a "horror", followed by an emoji that made his overall thoughts absolutely clear.

The defeat was Australia's first in 11 ODIs but, having climbed off the canvas from 38-4 to beat West Indies last week at Trent Bridge, they went too far the other way.

The usually-aggressive Warner faced 84 deliveries to make 56. Finch, Smith and Khawaja, who came in at four, went along at closer to a run-a-ball rate, yet it was not until Maxwell and Carey arrived at the crease that India sensed any danger.

When asked whether there was any talk in the dressing room of sending him in earlier, Carey understandably voiced support for his top-order team-mates.

"There was no talk of that," the wicketkeeper-batsman - who ended up unbeaten on 55 from 35 balls - said.

"With Steve Smith on 60, David Warner on 50 and Usman Khawaja, who has just had an amazing series against India, to come, plus Marcus Stoinis' power hitting, there are so many options.

"We trust the batters and the order we've got. Unfortunately, we were probably chasing a few too many. We had a good shake at it, but it was for one of the top four to push through and make a big score."

Yet Carey would have been ideal for a promotion, sent in with the sole aim of putting the brakes on a required rate that was moving in the wrong direction as far as Australia were concerned.

So what about the make-up of the team moving forward? Taunton is the next stop on the World Cup tour, as they take on Pakistan on Wednesday.

Cummins and Starc can only bowl 20 overs. The drop-off to Coulter-Nile and Stoinis is considerable, yet the pair have all-round value. The seam bowlers outside of the XI - Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson - may offer more with the ball but cannot be relied on to contribute runs. Lengthening the tail is a dangerous tactic, an all-in policy that could result in going bust.

Likewise, Nathan Lyon would be a like-for-like change for Adam Zampa; they are both frontline spinners, the former arguably more reliable without offering as much in terms of variation, not known for their one-day batting exploits.

Shaun Marsh, meanwhile, is the spare batsman. The left-hander hardly offers much of a variation on Khawaja, the one surely most at risk of losing his spot.

With alternative batting options somewhat limited, Australia either have to shuffle the deck or hope one of their leading lights – particularly Warner, who has spluttered along at a strike-rate of 71.8 runs per 100 deliveries so far at the World Cup, a number lower than his career mark in Tests (74.50) – finds another gear.

Either way, Australia may have to consider changes if they want to retain their title.

Yuvraj Singh's esteemed international career has come to an end after the India all-rounder announced his retirement on Monday.

The 37-year-old was best known for his tournament-winning turn at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, but bows out with a record rounded across all formats.

A star both with bat and with ball, Yuvraj made history in India colours.

Following news of his decision, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the key numbers behind his India career.

301 - Playing 304 ODIs in total, Yuvraj appeared 301 times for India in the format. He is sixth on the all-time appearance list for his country.

8609 - Only six India players have scored more ODI runs for their country than Yuvraj's 8609.

40 - Yuvraj also played 40 Tests, scoring 1900 runs.

58 - He made 58 T20I appearances, making 1177 runs in the shortest format.

169 - The biggest knock of Yuvraj's international career came in a drawn 2007 Test against Pakistan

12 - Yuvraj hit the fastest T20 half-century against England in 2007, needing just 12 balls. That effort has since been matched by Chris Gayle and Hazratullah Zazai, but those knocks were not at international level.

- That stunning innings against England included six sixes from a Stuart Broad over, becoming the first player to achieve that feat in a T20 International.

Explosive India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has given bowlers the world over nightmares in a magnificent career.

There would be more than a few who breathed a sigh of relief when the 37-year-old retired from international cricket on Monday.

Yuvraj has also decided to call time on his participation in the Indian Premier League, stating that he wants to "have some fun" playing without so much pressure on his shoulders.

We look back at some of the highlights of the clean-striking left-hander's career, which he resumed at the highest level after bravely winning a battle with cancer.

 

Maiden Test ton against Pakistan

Yuvraj scored a maiden Test century in only his third appearance in the longest format.

What made his brilliant knock of 112 extra special was that it came against fierce rivals Pakistan in Lahore back in April 2004.

He struck two sixes and 15 fours against an attack that was spearheaded by Shoaib Akhtar and although Pakistan won by nine wickets, Yuvraj had certainly announced himself on the Test stage.

 

Six sixes in an over en route to World T20 triumph

There will be no bowler with worse memories of charging in at Yuvraj than Stuart Broad.

The England paceman was hit for six sixes in an over by the India star at Kingsmead in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa 12 years ago.

Yuvraj brought up a brutal half-century in only 12 balls - a T20 international record that still stands - and India went on to win the title by beating Pakistan.

 

Inspires World Cup triumph on home soil

There was more international glory for India in 2011, thanks in no small part to Yuvraj.

He was named man of the tournament after inspiring a World Cup triumph in a showpiece that was stage in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Chandigarh native made a hundred against West Indies, four half-centuries and took 15 wickets, picking up four man-of-the-match awards in a tournament India won by beating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai.

 

Beats cancer to make 'emotional' India return

Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer in the same year that he lifted the World Cup on home soil.

He completed three rounds of chemotherapy in the United States in 2012 and incredibly made an international comeback later in the year.

Yuvraj raced to a typically brisk 34 in a T20 encounter with New Zealand in September and described his return as "a big emotional moment".

 

Career-best demolition of England silences critics

Yuvraj's place in the India ODI side had been called into question before he silenced his critics with a vintage innings against England in Cuttack in 2017.

He smashed 150 from 127 deliveries, a career-best in the 50-over format, and MS Dhoni also cut loose as India racked up 381-6 and went on to win by 15 runs.

Yuvraj rolled back the years with an exhilarating masterclass, hitting three sixes and 21 fours.

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket and the IPL at the age of 37.

Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is in all, playing starring roles at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and then the Cricket World Cup four years later.

India triumphed on both occasions, with Yuvraj making decisive contributions with both bat and ball, but he is best known for his efforts in 2011, which saw him named the tournament's best player.

He had not played for his country since June 2017, though, and has decided to call time on his career on the international and IPL stages.

"I have decided to move on," he told reporters in Mumbai on Monday.

Pakistan face two huge matches at the Cricket World Cup this week, including a meeting with their biggest rivals.

Having upset England, Pakistan saw their match against Sri Lanka abandoned, making their potential passage to the semi-finals more difficult.

They will face two big tests this week, firstly against Australia, before taking on India in a highly anticipated clash in Manchester.

Omnisport takes a look at what the next week has in store, along with the standings and key statistics from the tournament to date.

 

FIXTURES

Monday 10 June: South Africa v West Indies (Rose Bowl, Southampton) - 1030 BST start

Tuesday 11 June: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (County Ground, Bristol) - 1030

Wednesday 12 June: Australia v Pakistan (County Ground, Taunton) - 1030

Thursday 13 June: India v New Zealand (Trent Bridge, Nottingham) - 1030

Friday 14 June: England v West Indies (Rose Bowl, Southampton) - 1030

Saturday 15 June: Sri Lanka v Australia (The Oval, London) - 1030, South Africa v Afghanistan (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff) - 1330

Sunday 16 June: India v Pakistan (Old Trafford, Manchester) - 1030

 

THE WEEK'S BIG GAME

The end of the week is promising to provide one of the biggest matches of the tournament. Rivals India and Pakistan will meet at Old Trafford in Manchester in what looks like a blockbuster encounter. While both will undoubtedly want a win, it could be nearing desperation time for Pakistan, who have one victory from three games and also face Australia this week.

STANDINGS

1. New Zealand - 6pts from 3 games, Net Run Rate +2.163
2. England - 4pts from 3 games, NRR +1.307
3. India - 4pts from 2 games, NRR +0.539
4. Australia - 4pts from 3 games, NRR +0.483
5. Sri Lanka - 3pts from 3 games, NRR -1.517
6. Pakistan - 3pts from 3 games, NRR -2.412
7. West Indies - 2pts from 2 games, NRR +2.054
8. Bangladesh - 2pts from 3 games, NRR -0.714
9. South Africa - 0pts from 3 games, NRR -0.952
10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 3 games, NRR -1.493

 

LEADING RUN-SCORERS

1: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) - 260
2: Jason Roy (Eng) - 215
3: Jos Buttler (Eng) - 185

 

LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

1: Lockie Ferguson (NZ) - 8
=2: Matt Henry (NZ), Mitchell Starc (Aus) - 7

Virat Kohli insisted he did not want India fans to "set a bad example" after asking them to take it easy on Australia batsman Steve Smith.

Smith was subjected to chants of 'Cheater! Cheater!' on occasions by some of the almost entirely pro-India crowd during the Cricket World Cup clash between the two nations at The Oval on Sunday.

However, Kohli could be seen at one stage during India's innings gesturing to a section of the ground to support Smith, who is back playing again after serving a one-year ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018.

While the former Australia skipper was still targeted when he came out to bat in his side's reply later in the game, Kohli believes it is now time to move on.

"I think what's happened has happened. The guy is back, he's trying to play well for his side," said Kohli in his post-match press conference. 

"Even in the Indian Premier League I saw him, it's not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. We've had issues in the past. We've had a few arguments on the field. But you don't want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play.

"What's happened has happened. Everyone has known that. He's come back. He's worked hard. He's playing well for his side now.

So just because there's so many Indian fans here, I just didn't want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn't do anything to be booed in my opinion."

Kohli, who contributed 82 to his side's total of 352-5, also revealed he apologised to Smith on behalf of the supporters.

"He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it, either.

"So I just felt for him, and I told him, I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd because I've seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that's not acceptable."

Smith, who lost the captaincy in the aftermath of what happened during the third Test against South Africa last March - made 69 but Australia were bowled out for 316.

Windies batting star Chris Gayle was not allowed to use a specially branded ‘Universe Boss’ bat for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

According to reports, the 39-year-old batsman had sought special permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to imprint his moniker on the bat ahead of the tournament.  The request would, however, have violated the ICC code as its related to the displaying of messages.  The issue came to the fore after the ICC on Friday also denied India wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni permission to wear a dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves.

"The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment,” the ICC said.

"ICC couldn't have made an exception for Dhoni as no personal messages are allowed on equipment. Gayle wanted it but when he was refused permission, he accepted it and moved on," an official privy to the details of the situation later told the media.

During India’s World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 5, MS Dhoni sported a pair of wicketkeeping gloves with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.  He has since had to remove the symbol.

Virat Kohli says India were hungry to prove a point by beating holders Australia in a Cricket World Cup run-fest at The Oval on Sunday.

Australia came from two down to claim a 3-2 ODI series win in India three months ago and went on to stretch their victorious streak to 10 matches.

Aaron Finch's side were brought back down to earth in their third match of the World Cup in London, though, losing by 36 runs as they fell short on 316 all out in reply to 352-5.

Shikhar Dhawan led the way for India with 117 from only 109 balls, while Kohli (82) made his 50th ODI half-century and Rohit Sharma (57) also took advantage of excellent batting conditions.

Hardik Pandya made a rapid 48 and MS Dhoni chipped in with 27 in a brutal late onslaught.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-50) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-61) then took three wickets apiece as India made it two World Cup wins out of two, despite the best efforts of Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey (55 not out).

India captain Kohli said in the post-match presentation: "It was a top, top win for us after losing that series in India. We had a point to prove. We just came with intent, the opening stand was outstanding.

"Hardik, me, MS, it was a flat wicket, but we were very professional and that's always pleasing as a captain.

"You can't take things for granted just because you have 350 on the board.

"I held one end up and Hardik could go from ball one."

Rohit Sharma followed in Sachin Tendulkar's footsteps as India piled on the runs in their Cricket World Cup clash with Australia at The Oval.

During his innings of 57, Rohit became just the second player for India to reach 2,000 ODI runs against Australia, a feat only previously achieved by the great Tendulkar.

However, it was fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan who led the way on Sunday, the left-hander hitting 117 to help his side post a sizeable total of 352-5, their highest ever score against Australia in a World Cup fixture.

The first-wicket pair put on 127 and even when Rohit departed, caught behind by wicketkeeper Alex Carey off Nathan Coulter-Nile's bowling, Virat Kohli came out to build on the foundations laid by his two top-order colleagues.

India's captain posted his 50th ODI half-century as he made 82, while the decision to promote Hardik Pandya up the order paid off, the all-rounder smashing 48 from just 27 deliveries at number four after he was dropped before getting off the mark.

India and Australia will do battle in the ICC World Cup at The Oval on Sunday in the most-anticipated match of the tournament to date.

The two nations are tipped to be the biggest threat to tournament favourites England and both have started in encouraging fashion.

Australia followed up a routine win over Afghanistan with a gutsy 15-run victory over West Indies in what was a tremendously entertaining contest in Nottingham on Thursday.

Fighting back from 38-4 and 79-5, Australia reached 288, largely thanks to a surprising 92 from bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Steve Smith’s 73, before paceman Mitchell Starc took five wickets with the ball.

India have played just once but were far too good for winless South Africa on Wednesday, winning by six wickets.

Of the last 10 one-day internationals between the sides, both nations have won five, but Australia have claimed the last three – all in India – earlier this year.

Australia have had the edge over India in World Cup meetings, having won six of the last seven, including a 95-run triumph in Sydney in 2015.

India’s only victory in that sequence came in their home nation, in 2011, and they lost a 1999 meeting at The Oval by 77 runs.

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

India started their World Cup much later than other sides but Rohit Sharma (122 not out) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4-51) did not take long to find form against the Proteas.

Australia sit third in the standings after successive victories – part of a winning streak that sits at 10 - but know tougher tests are to come.

WHAT THEY SAID

India opener Rohit Sharma: "My 122 not out at Southampton was a very special hundred. One of my best … I have to get the job done for the team. That's what matters … I want to win maximum games for my country."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: "At times in the past, we have probably let Virat [Kohli] get off to a bit of a flyer with being just a bit too straight to him or a bit too full … we know once he gets into his innings, he is so hard to stop, so you can't afford to play catch up against great players. Same for Rohit."

OPTA FACTS

- India have won 12 of their last 13 games played at the ICC World Cup; however, their only defeat in that span came at the hands of Australia in the semi-finals of the 2015 tournament.

- Australia will be searching for an 11th consecutive ODI victory; 10 straight wins is their longest run in the format since they strung together 12 victories in a row between 2009 and 2010.

- Rohit Sharma needs a knock of just 20 runs to become the second batsman in ODI history to score 2,000 runs for India against Australia (Sachin Tendulkar – 3,077).

- Nathan Coulter-Nile narrowly missed out on surpassing the record for most runs scored by a number eight in an ODI innings last time out, his 92 off 60 balls against the West Indies falling just shy of the unbeaten 95 set by England’s Chris Woakes (v Sri Lanka, 2016).

It seems most Cricket World Cups have their stories of early failure.

The last time the tournament took place in England back in 1999, the hosts were eliminated in the group stage - before the event's official song had even been released.

Four years later, it was South Africa who found themselves unceremoniously dumped out following a miscalculation of the Duckworth-Lewis system.

And now, with the tournament just seven days old, the Proteas look set to further add to that infamy after a showing that has left them with three defeats from three.

India became the latest team to put Faf du Plessis' side to the sword at the Rose Bowl, a torrid week after losses to England and Bangladesh coming to an end with questions needing to be answered fast if they are to keep alive their faint hopes of progression.

"Score more runs," was the obvious answer offered by Chris Morris, delivered with a mischievous smile following the setback before settling on the task at hand.

"Our body language let us down in the first two games, which we addressed as a team. I thought today we were quite good in terms of that, we stayed in the fight," he said.

"We need to win every game from now on, the guys know what needs to be done."

Alas, fortune has not been on their side.

A freak blow to Hashim Amla's head left him sidelined for the Bangladesh game, while pace bowling lynchpin Dale Steyn's continued shoulder troubles saw him ruled out of the tournament on the eve of the India clash and their plight was only heightened by Lungi Ngidi's hamstring strain.

But it is the manner of the defeats that are the cause for concern. Rash shot-making, like that of Rassie van der Dussen just as it looked like he and Du Plessis had rebuilt the innings, derailed their progress.

Then with the contest potentially hanging in the balance towards the conclusion, David Miller dropped what had to be the easiest chance of the game to remove centurion Rohit Sharma - the focus and intensity needed to succeed simply not there when it mattered most.

But, there are glimmers of hope for this side. Kagiso Rabada proved he's a match for any fast bowler in the world during his opening spell and Morris, a late inclusion in the squad, stepped up to deliver with bat and ball when they needed him most.

They'll take the knowledge of the Rose Bowl track into their next game against West Indies on Monday, hopeful they can turn their form around and keep the faintest flicker of semi-final hopes from burning out.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis felt Kagiso Rabada was "extremely unlucky" to end up on the losing side in a six-wicket Cricket World Cup defeat to India.

The Proteas were missing quicks Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi through injury, but Rabada briefly threatened to turn the tide on his own.

Rabada, who had earlier cracked Shikhar Dhawan's bat, dismissed the opener to bring opposition captain Virat Kohli to the crease.

The South Africa paceman had earlier suggested Kohli was "immature" and a gripping spell saw him work over the batsman without reward.

Rabada ended up claiming 2-39 as Rohit Sharma made an unbeaten 122 in India's chase, leaving Du Plessis to rue his bowler's misfortune.

"[Rabada] was a champion today. He was extremely unlucky," the skipper said in the post-match presentation. "I've never seen so many balls fall in different areas.

"Sometimes, that's how the game goes. When you're not playing your best cricket, little 50-50 things go against you. We've got to try to make sure we turn those 50-50 towards us again.

"He was unbelievable again - and also Chris Morris, who hasn't played a lot of cricket for us, was excellent today."

Du Plessis was far less impressed by his side's batting, suggesting South Africa needed a player to perform like Rohit did for India after the Proteas stumbled to 227-9.

"Today was, once again, a great example of guys not batting through," he said.

"That's what you need in England - you need one guy batting through and then, if you get a total, your bowlers can put some pressure on. To have so many 30s and 40s was not acceptable."

However, Du Plessis gave some credit to India's attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

"I thought India were magnificent on a tough pitch," he said. "They bowled really well.

"Their bowling attack is strong - they've got all bases covered. They've got good fast bowling and then they've got spinners through the middle that always get wickets."

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