Rishabh Pant replaced Shikhar Dhawan in the India world cup squad after Dhawan was ruled out of World Cup 2019 on June 19 with a thumb injury. Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on June 9.
The Indian team management has sought the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) approval for a replacement for Dhawan, who was expected to recover in 4 weeks but it didn’t go according to plan.
The BCCI now has to write to the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and officially request for Dhawan’s replacement.
The team management had put Shikhar Dhawan under observation but called in Rishabh Pant from India as cover just before India’s match against New Zealand, which was eventually was washed out without a ball being bowled.
In the next game on June 16, KL Rahul walked in to open with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan, scored 57 and added a record opening partnership of 136 for the 1st wicket.
India has had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan. However, the game against New Zealand washed out. India next faces Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Shikhar Dhawan has been phenomenal in the ICC tournaments. He secured 6 centuries in ICC tournaments: 3 in Champions Trophy and 3 in World Cup.
Rishabh Pant is a destructive batsman in the middle-order but was pulled out of India’s original World Cup squad as the selectors decided to go with Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper. Pant had said in an interview he was disappointed with the omission but promised to turn his focus to the Indian Premier League.
Rishabh Pant had already arrived in England shortly before India’s match against Pakistan and even trained with the team.