Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Mumbai, June 12:- Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been asked to board the earliest possible flight to England and join the Indian cricket team as a cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Pant was ignored for India’s 15-member World Cup squad but he and Ambati Rayudu were named as designated standbys. After Dhawan’s injury the team management has reportedly opted for the Delhi youngster instead of the experienced Rayudu.
In Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul is expected to open the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma. In India’s next two ICC World Cup 2019 matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will slot in at number 4 position based on the conditions.
A call on whether to officially request ICC to replace Dhawan with Pant will be made after further assessment on the former’s injury.
“The team management has decided that 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.
Reports suggest that Dhawan’s suspected hairline fracture might take three weeks to heal effectively ruling him out of India’s all following group stage encounters.
Dhawan, who scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia and helped India to a massive total of 352 on the board, went through precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of injury on his swollen left thumb.
“Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday.”
He is set to miss the next two matches against New Zealand (Thursday) and Pakistan (Sunday). –Inputs: Agencies, NGB