Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacement, Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup with fractured thumb. Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered a hairline fracture on his thumb, has been replaced by Rishabh Pant in the India sqaud for the remainder of the World Cup. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of Team India’s ICC World Cup campaign due to the thumb injury sustained during the match against Australia.
The BCCI now has to write to the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and officially request for Dhawan’s replacement. The Delhi batsman was earlier said to be out of a couple of games after being hit on the thumb by a delivery from Pat Cummins during India’s match against Australia. 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 not throw up encouraging results.
India have had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. India next face Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan battled pain against Australia to score a hundred that helped India outclass the defending champions.
Rishabh 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. Pant has played five ODIs since his debut against West Indies in October last year and averages 23.25, and he was part of India’s squad during their home series against Australia this year. Promising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is already with the team as cover for Dhawan.
— BCCI (@BCCI) 19 June 2019