NOTTINGHAM, June 12 -- "The team management has decided that Shikhar Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored" was the only official update on the opening batsman's injury from the Indian camp on Tuesday.

The statement did not reveal the nature of the injury or the result of the scan he had undergone earlier in the day in Leeds. Equally ambiguous were the source-based reports of just how long Dhawan is expected to be ruled out of action-some claimed two matches and others supposed three weeks.

Facts about possibly the most important thumb in Nottingham were few and far between two days before India take on New Zealand at Trent Bridge. But what wasn't vague was how the damage was caused and the extent of cha...