Rishabh Pant is likely replacement for Shikhar Dhawan in India WC squad

This comes after in-form senior India opener Shikhar Dhawan was, on Tuesday, ruled out of at least three World Cup matches after sustaining a hairline fracture on his left hand.

Written by Newsroom Staff June 12, 2019 13:14

New Delhi: Young cricketer Rishabh Pant will leave for England on Thursday morning and is likely to be cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in Team India squad.

“Pant will be joining the team at the earliest as back-up as requested by the team management. Like Khaleel (Ahmed) he will be travelling with the team but he won’t be part of the squad just yet,” a BCCI official told CricketNext from Nottingham on Wednesday (June 11).

This comes after in-form senior India opener Shikhar Dhawan was, on Tuesday, ruled out of at least three World Cup matches after sustaining a hairline fracture on his left hand.

While it is blow to the team ahead of India’s third game against New Zealand, the good news is there is a chance that he will recover.

Dhawan will miss the game against New Zealand on Thursday and the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday. It remains to be seen if he regains fitness for the match against Afghanistan of June 22 but the team is expecting that he will be fully fit by the business end of the tournament.