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ICC World Cup 2019 | Rishabh Pant Comes in as Cover for Injured Shikhar Dhawan

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was brought in as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India's World Cup squad.

Devadyuti Das |June 12, 2019, 8:53 PM IST
Rishabh Pant.

New Delhi: The BCCI have summoned Delhi wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant to England as cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan at the ongoing ICC World Cup. The BCCI media manager announced that Pant will join the team in Manchester ahead of India's marquee match against Pakistan on Sunday (June 16).

“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 12).

"Pant will be here in Manchester as a stand-by," BCCI media manager Moulin Parikh said at the pre-match press conference ahead of India's game against New Zealand in Nottingham.

Pant’s exclusion from the original squad of 15 players for the ICC World Cup was a topic of hot debate as Dinesh Karthik was picked up as the back-up wicketkeeper. The youngster though is not part of the available squad for India, who now have only 14 fit players to select the final XI for games against New Zealand (June 13) and Pakistan (June 16) at least.

The team management is still hopeful that Dhawan, who injured his hand in the game against Australia on Sunday (June 9), will recover in a couple of weeks and should be available for the business end of the tournament.

"Dhawan will be under observation, will take some time. Around 10th or 12th day (between June 19 to 21) we will know where he stands. We don't want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar immediately, we'll wait for 10-12 days," India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar told the media in Nottingham on Wednesday (June 11).

"KL (Rahul) moves to the top of the order, there are various options for the middle order. Vijay Shankar and a couple of others are options. Till 10 or 12 days, if and when replacement is required, it's good to have a replacement player coming in (Rishabh Pant in this case) and practice with the team," Bangar added.

Pant along with Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Navdeep Saini and Ishant Sharma were the five stand-byes named by the Indian selectors for the World Cup.

“The selection committee always had Pant in the scheme of things because he was very close to getting picked for the final 15. The selectors believe that he is future Indian wicketkeeper in all formats. That’s why he was picked for the India ‘A’ tour of West Indies to acclimatise him to the conditions in Caribbean because the senior team will be touring there after the World Cup. Pant was training rigorously at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as soon as the IPL got over. So, he is in prime condition and ideal person to join the team,” source close to the selectors informed CricketNext.

Chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad along with selectors Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh are travelling with the Indian team throughout the World Cup in England and Wales.

Earlier on Tuesday (June 11), the Indian team management informed that Dhawan has been ruled out of three matches due to an injury on his left thumb.

“Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored. Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb,” a statement from team management said on Tuesday.

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