Cricket World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant brought in as cover for Shikhar Dhawan: BCCI
Rishabh Pant (AFP Photo)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has indeed being brought up as a cover for injured India opener Shikhar Dhawan in India’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad, a BCCI official confirmed on Wednesday.

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There have been several reports over the status of Pant’s inclusion in the India squad after Dhawan was ruled out of the New Zealand clash on Thursday. PTI has now quoted an unnamed BCCI official as confirming that Pant, who was initially ignored from the world cup squad, will be a cover for Dhawan.

Dhawan sustained a thumb injury while batting against Australia, will be under observation, according to a statement released by the BCCI team management on Tuesday.

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“Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored,” said BCCI in a media release.

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“Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia,” added BCCI.

Dhawan, during his 117-run knock against Australia in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was hit on his left thumb by a Pat Cummins bouncer.

According to a report in the Times of India on Tuesday, Pant, who lost his spot in India’s World Cup squad, will be packing his bags to leave for England at the earliest.