Rishabh Pant to Replace Injured Shikar Dhawan in India’s World Cup Squad

Indian team management has received the devastating news that Shikar Dhawan will remain sidelined with fractured thumb throughout the on-going World Cup.

The left-handed opening batsman was ruled out following the match against Australia where he made a century despite being hit on the thumb earlier in the innings by Pat Cummins.

The team manager Sunil Subramanian told reporters in Southampton that “Shikhar has a fracture at the base of his first metacarpal on his left hand.”

“Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until mid-July, which rules him out of the ICC World Cup 2019.”

A source close to the matter stated:

India, who will still require the formal approval of the World Cup event technical committee before calling up the 21-year-old Pant into their tournament squad, summoned the dynamic left-hander last week as concerns mounted over Dhawan’s fitness.

“He (Pant) bats in the middle order and obviously being a left-hander helps and he was named in the standbys as well, so the team management has gone and picked him,” said India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar last week.