Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup | Rishab Pant to take his place after reports that Dhawan’s thumb will take longer to recover

Rishab Pant

The Hush Post| 7:40 pm | One-minute read

The Indian left-arm opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup as he fails to make a recovery from his thumb fracture. The batsman has been replaced by left-arm keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.

Dhawan got injured in the second match of India in the tournament against Australia. Being injured, he played amazingly and scored 117 runs off 109 balls. Initially, he was ruled of three games against Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies. But today, Indian cricket team’s manager told the media “Shikhar Dhawan has fractured the base of the metacarpal (bone) of his left hand. His hand will remain in the cast till mid-July which rules him out of the ICC 2019 World Cup. We have written to the ICC requesting Rishabh Pant as a replacement. ”

A source close to the Indian team said, “Dhawan was never going to be fit in time. However, the team management was reluctant to name a placement. It was never on same page with selectors who wanted to announce an official replacement right after Dhawan’s diagnosis.”

Known for his fearless approach in the game, Rishabh Pant has an experience of five matches only. After the team management decided to wait on Dhawan’s recovery, Pant was brought in as cover.

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar liked this decision and said that Rishabh deserved to be in the team if Dhawan was to be forced out.

Also, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s injury made a way for Dhawan’s injury announcement as India would have had only 13 players to select the team in the next match against Afghanistan. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is out for the next three matches because of hamstring niggle.

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