ICC World Cup 2019: Youth wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been included in Team India’s World Cup squad instead of injured Shikhar Dhawan. Let us tell you that when the team was selected for the World Cup, Pant was ignored by the selectors and Dinesh Karthik was included in the team.
The match between India and New Zealand is scheduled to be played on Thursday, ie June 13. Pant will arrive in England on June 12 before the match. However, he will not be included in the playing XI unless the team management takes the final decision on the availability of Dhawan for the rest of the tournament.
A senior BCCI official in England said, “Rishabh Pant has left for India from England on request of Team Management.” This 21-year-old player is one of the most stormy Indian players to emerge in cricket. Pant impressed everyone with his Test century in England and Australia. Apart from this, his performance in the recent IPL-12 was excellent.
Cricket legend like Sunil Gavaskar also advocated the involvement of Pant in place of Dhawan. Gavaskar had said that if Shikhar Dhawan does not recover from injury, Rishabh Pant must be included in the team instead.
Shikhar Dhawan’s injury to the crucial round of the World Cup has become a matter of great concern for Team India. Dhawan, however, will remain in England and will be under the supervision of BCCI medical team. The BCCI expects Dhawan to recover from injury within two to three weeks.
KL Rahul can open with Rishab Pant
It is believed that KL Rahul can open with Rohit Sharma in the next two games and then Pant could get his chance at number-4 instead. KL Rahul has a good opening experience in IPL and international matches. Plus, Pant can give good support to middle order with his fast batting.
How hurt Shikhar Dawan in the world cup
Shikhar Dhawan was injured in the last match against Australia and did not even go to the field to field. On Tuesday, Dhawan’s thumb was scanned in which it became clear that thumb has fracture. He will stay away from cricket for the next three weeks. During the match against the Australians, Nathan Coltar Nile hit the thumb of his left hand on Shikhar Dhawan’s ball. Despite that he played and scored a century of 117 runs in 109 balls. During the match, physio Patrick continued to investigate during First half Brake. During the match, he could be seen taped on his thumb and during the pre-match Australian innings, he did not field. Ravindra Jadeja had landed in his field.