Rishabh Pant will be included into the India squad after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with a thumb injury. Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on 9th June.
The Indian team management has sought the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) approval for a replacement for Dhawan, who was expected to recover in 4 weeks but it didn’t go according to plan.
BCCI in a statement said, “Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019. Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of World Cup 2019.”
The BCCI has to written a letter to the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and officially request for Dhawan’s replacement.
The team management had put Shikhar Dhawan under observation but called in Rishabh Pant from India as cover. He arrived in England shortly before the India’s match against Pakistan.
Pant is a destructive batsman in the middle-order but was left out of India’s original World Cup squad as the selectors decided to go with Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper.