Rishabh Pant brought in to replace Shikhar Dhawan
The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players to have emerged in Indian cricket.
Rishabh Pant, the young wicketkeeper, is back in India’s World Cup squad as a likely replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan. This was confirmed to PTI by a BCCI official.
Pant, whose omission from the original squad became a topic of heated debates, given his brilliant form in the past year, will reach England on Wednesday.
He is to arrive in the UK a day before India’s game against New Zealand. However, the decision to replace Dhawan for the rest of the tournament with Pant is yet to be taken by the team management.
Pant is being flown in from India as cover at the request of the team management, a senior BCCI official currently in England with the team confirmed to PTI.
The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players to have emerged in Indian cricket. He had an impressive run recently, that included Test hundreds during the tours of England and Australia earlier, and was in fine mettle during the IPL last month.
Several cricketing biggies, including Sunil Gavaskar, called for his inclusion in the Indian squad, if Dhawan fails to recover quickly enough.
Dhawan has been ruled out of three matches due to a hairline fracture on his left thumb which he sustained during his match-winning hundred in the clash against Australia on Sunday.
Dhawan is presently under 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, the Indian team said in a statement on Wednesday night released to the media.
Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb, it added.