first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar DhawanRishabh Pant is yet to be named as replacement for Shikhar Dhawan as the BCCI is still hopeful that the India opener will recover from his injury in two to three weeks.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 17:38 IST Rishabh Pant has been in tremendous form with the bat since he made his India debut last year (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant will join the team on Wednesday and start training straightawayPant is yet to be named as replacement for the injured Shikhar DhawanShikhar Dhawan has suffered a minor fracture on his left thumb and will be out for 2 weeksRishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in England as they prepare for their next match against New Zealand on Thursday.Rishabh Pant will reach England on June 14 after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday night.The Indian team management for now, will be monitoring Dhawan’s recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.Pant meanwhile, will join the team and start training straightaway. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed for the game against New Zealand.The BCCI in a statement said: “Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.”Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday.”Latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 2 weeks as he only has a minor fracture. In his absence, the Indian team in all likelihood open with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13.Dhawan suffered his injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia.The real question now is who will bat in the middle-order? Will it be Dinesh Karthik or will India bring in Vijay Shankar who can also bowl decent medium-pace?advertisementIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh backed the idea of Pant being the first-choice replacement and also threw Ajinkya Rahane’s name into the mix, citing his experience of having played in the United Kingdom.”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself.”I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan told India Today.”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen also suggested that Pant should be flown to England as soon as possible.Shikha OUT the World Cup.Get Pant on the plane ASAP.KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 11, 2019Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in NottinghamAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit Sharma, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rishabh PantFollow World Cup 2019Follow Team India Nextlast_img

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