Rishabh Pant flies to Nottingham as stand by for Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, Australia, New Zealand, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, BCCI, World Cup 2019, english news website, The Federal
Rishabh Pant is flying to England as back up for injured Shikhar Dhawan. File Photo: PTI

Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant flew to England as back up for the injured opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday (June 12).

While Dhawan is still recovering from the injury and will continue to be a part of the 15-member squad, Rishabh Pant will be in as cover for the upcoming match against New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday (June 13).

Also read: BCCI not looking to replace Shikhar Dhawan yet, says he is under observation

Shikhar Dhawan, Australia, New Zealand, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, BCCI, World Cup 2019, english news website, The Federal

Rishabh is being called in advance, if Dhawan fails to recover ahead of the clash with the Kiwis. As for the Indian opener, BCCI is not yet ready to seek a replacement as he is still under observation. He was declared to have fractured a thumb during India’s 36-runs victory over Australia on Sunday (June 9).

The scans have confirmed a hairline fracture and the team management has said that the healing process is individual-specific and they want the hitman to take rest even if it costs him missing a few crucial matches.

Also watch: Why Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer may replace Shikhar Dhawan

Pant is likely to take KL Rahul’s position at number 4 who will be opening the Indian innings alongside Rohit Sharma. However, as of now, Hardik Pandya is expected to play at number 4 as he did in the clash against Australia and Dinesh Karthik would be introduced in the game in the lower-order.

Get Breaking News and Latest Updates from India and around the world on thefederal.com
FOLLOW US: