Amid speculations, wicketkeeper-batsman Risabh Pant has found a berth in the Indian squad which is playing ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. He replaces the injured SikharDhawan, who has been ruled out from the squad for next two matches against New Zealand and Pakistan.
After World Cup team selection Pant’s omission from the first fifteen had became a topic of heated debates given his stupendous form in the past one year, which basically brought him in here on Wednesday.
Several former players such as Sunil Gavaskar advocated for his inclusion in the squad if Dhawan fails to recover quickly enough for India. Dhawan has been ruled out of two matches due to a hairline fracture on his left thumb which he sustained during his match-winning hundred in the clash against Australia on Sunday.
Pant’s arrival has been scheduled on Wednesday, a day before India’s game against New Zealand and his inclusion in final elevenwould not be considered as replacement until the team management is taking a final call on Dhawan’s availability for the rest of the tournament. A senior BCCI official, who is travelling with the team, confirmed to news agency that Rishabh Pant is being flown in from India as cover at the request of the team management.
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The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players to have emerged in Indian cricket. He impressed with Test hundreds during the tours of England and Australia earlier and was in fine form during the IPL last month.