[caption id="attachment_855395" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-855395" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Rishabh-Pant-AFP.jpg" alt="Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, India, World Cup, ICC World Cup 2019" width="628" height="355" /> Rishabh Pant, who lost his spot in India s World Cup squad, will be packing his bags to leave for England at the earliest. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a> suffered a major blow on Tuesday when experienced <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan/news/">Shikhar Dhawan</a> was ruled out of at least two <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> matches after his left thumb was found to have a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/shikhar-dhawan-ruled-out-of-world-cup-2019-for-three-weeks-855280">hairline fracture</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Dhawan s injury has paved the way for selection of another Delhi batsman in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/news/">Rishabh Pant</a>. According to a report in the <em>Times of India</em> 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. <p></p> <p></p> Once all the details on Dhawan s injury are out, the team management will put out an official request for replacement. And that replacement is going to be Pant. The injury is bad enough to ask for a replacement, sources in the know were quoted as saying in the report. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-shikhar-dhawan-to-miss-new-zealand-pakistan-games-855337">Shikhar Dhawan could miss New Zealand, Pakistan games</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Dhawan, who was hit on his left thumb by a rising delivery from pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pat-cummins/news/">Pat Cummins</a> against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/news/">Australia</a> at The Oval, played through pain and notched up a hard-fought century. He didn't take the field due to the injury during the clash and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravindra-jadeja/news/">Ravindra Jadeja</a> fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs. <p></p> <p></p>According to the report, Dhawan will not be available for selection till the match against Bangladesh, which is scheduled for July 2 or even against Sri Lanka on July 6. The team management will be given a thorough report at 2pm UK time which is around 6.30 pm IST on June 11. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, Pant could be boarding the flight to England in the next 48 hours. While it's confirmed that India may not be able to include him in the playing XI against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/news/">New Zealand</a>, the destructive left-handed batsman is likely to be roped in for India's marquee clash against arch-rivals <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/news/">Pakistan</a> on June 16 at Manchester. "<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul/news/">KL Rahul</a> could move up the order and open the innings with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/news/">Rohit Sharma</a>, while Pant could be slotted in at No. 4. But that's pretty much like thinking aloud now. We'll weigh these options carefully," sources were quoted as saying in the report.