London/Mumbai: Team India’s explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been added to the BCCI’s World Cup squad as a cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan, however, will remain in England and will be under the supervision of the board’s medical team.
Pant has been given a place in the World Cup team as a cover for Dhawan. A BCCI official, who is currently on an England tour for the tournament, said, “Rishabh Pant has been called from India as a cover at the insistence of the team management.”
At the time of formation of India’s World Cup squad, selectors had ignored Pant and chosen Dinesh Karthik. The board has now asked Pant to get ready to leave for England. However, the 21-year-old cricketer will not be available for selection right after his arrival. Pant will get an opportunity only after the board takes a final decision on Dhawan.
Dhawan has a fracture in his thumb. He might stay away from the field for three weeks. It is feared that he will not be able to play in the matches with New Zealand and Pakistan.
The BCCI has said that Dhawan is currently under the supervision of their medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will remain in England and his injury will be monitored. Dhawan sustained the injury in the bones and tissues joining the index finger and the thumb of his left hand.
Dhawan had scored a magnificent 117 in the World Cup match against Australia on Sunday. He was adjudged the man of the match. India won that match by 36 runs.
During India’s batting in the match, a delivery of Australian bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile hit the left-hand thumb of Dhawan. After his innings, Dhawan sat in the dressing room, nursing the injury with ice. He was unable to field. Ravindra Jadeja fielded in the place of Dhawan.