However, with Dhawan - an aggressive batting option right up the order - being ruled out, the team is convinced that Pant should walk in at the earliest.
While he batted on, he did not take the field during the Australian chase on Sunday.
Shikha OUT the World Cup. The injury comes as a big setback for India, as the southpaw, considered a big-game player, has an impeccable record in ICC tournaments.
Although there is no official confirmation, reports are claiming that Dhawan's injury is quite severe and the left-handed batsman won't be available for the rest of the matches of the World Cup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on June 11 said that Shikhar Dhawan will continue to remain with the team and his injury will be closely monitored. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton.
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The other batsman to impress was Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 44 as part of a 106-run partnership with Shakib for the third wicket. With the batsman completely beaten by the unplayable delivery, the ball ended up hitting the top of the off-stump.
But the consequences of not naming a timely replacement could be just as ruinous for India's middle-order.
KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4. An opener by profession, Rahul will now be asked to fill in for Dhawan at the top.
Team India have played the first two games with the same playing eleven and have won both of them. The Delhi native though might soon get to don the Blue jersey as Dhawan's replacement.
According to the sources, Shikhar Dhawan's possible replacement could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant. In a late afternoon update, a BCCI spokesperson said that Dhawan would stay on in the United Kingdom under observation, "and his progress will be monitored".
Pant recently showed form in the Indian Premier League but wasn't included in the World Cup squad.