The Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced by the Wicket keeper Batsman Rishabh Pant.
Dhawan, who fractured his thumb while playing against Australia, was initially ruled out for two to three matches but now, the BCCI announced a statement that the opener’s recovery hasn’t shown much of improvement as expected. “Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019. Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of World Cup 2019.” the BCCI said in a statement.
Now, Rishabh Pant will replace Dhawan. Pant has already been called up as a cover of Dhawan and was seen training with the team before the Pakistan match. The Wicketkeeper’s exclusion from the initial squad did raise many eyebrows. Now, it will be interesting to see if Pant gets opportunity to play ahead of KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar who played well the other night against Pakistan.