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Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant Named Replacement

Cricketnext Staff |June 19, 2019, 7:57 PM IST
Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant Named Replacement

Southampton: India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ICC World Cup as he won't recover in time from a thumb injury sustained in the game against Australia at the Oval on June 9. Delhi wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant will replace him in the 15-man squad, team manager Sunil Subramaniam confirmed on Wednesday (June 19).

Dhawan picked up the injury on his left thumb and was initially ruled out of three games - against Pakistan (June 16), Afghanistan (June 22) and the West Indies (June 27).

Pant was brought in as cover for him after the team management decided to wait on Dhawan's recovery but assessment of the injury this week did no throw up encouraging results. His addition to the side was backed by the likes of the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar felt the Delhi-lad deserved to be in if Dhawan was to be forced out owing to his "cracking hot form".

What may have prompted the team management to make a final decision on Dhawan's injury was the fact that even fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is injured.

India would have had only 13 players to select from in the Afghanistan game on June 22 if Pant was not brought in as a replacement. Bhuvneshwar is out of three matches with a hamstring niggle.

"Bhuvneshwar is being assessed by team physio Patrick Farhart," team's trainer Shankar Basu told the media in Southampton.

Earlier, India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had said before the washedout game against New Zealand in Manchester that the team management did not want to rule out Dhawan and wanted to observe his progress.

"We will take at least 10-12 days to take a call on Shikhar's condition. We don't want to rule out a precious player like him," Bangar had told the media at Trent Bridge in Nottingham last week.

Dhawan is one of India's top performers in ICC tournaments with six ODI hundreds in these events - 3 in Champions Trophy and 3 in World Cup. Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Dhawan formed a formidable top-3 in this format.

Young Pant was disappointed not to be picked in the final 15 of the World Cup as the selection committee led by MSK Prasad decided to pick Dinesh Karthik as the backup wicket-keeper to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pant, who played for Delhi Capitals, shifted his focus to IPL-12 and managed to score 488 runs in 16 games at a strike-rate of 162 with three half-centuries.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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