Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 12 Jun 2019,10:07 am

ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to fly out as standby for Shikhar Dhawan

ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to fly out as standby for Shikhar Dhawan
MUMBAI: Delhi's young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is all set to fly to England on Wednesday. Sources confirmed that Pant will be reaching England as a back-up for the Indian team, while the recovering Shikhar Dhawan will continue to be part of the 15-member squad.

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"Rishabh is just being called here in advance as standby so that he can acclimatise. If Dhawan can't continue, we'll seek an official go ahead from ICC for replacement and he (Rishabh) can immediately join the team," sources in the know said.

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Rishabh is expected to join the team in Nottingham on the eve of India's match against New Zealand. However, he will not be part of the 15, as long as Shikhar is not ruled out.

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From apparels to his official luggage, everything has been handed over to Pant at his residence in Delhi.

As for Dhawan, the team management is convinced that the left-hander should be allowed time to recuperate even it comes at the cost of missing a couple of matches or more.

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Team will wait for a week to take final call on Dhawan's injury. (Reuters Photo)


"The scans have confirmed a hairline fracture. Doctors have given a tentative healing period. But the healing process is individual-specific and you can't tell overnight if he's going to be fine in 10 days or 15 days or more. But what you can certainly do is wait for a week and take a more assertive call," sources in the know told TOI.


"Look at it this way: Dhawan misses the matches against New Zealand and Pakistan but stays with the team. We get a fair idea of how he's recovering. If all's well, then we have a fully fit Dhawan towards the business end of the tournament and that's great. If not, we can always have the replacement ready. We've got to be careful with how we choose our cards," sources add. "This is obviously a huge, unfortunate blow. But then, we've got to live with it."


Should a week's time reveal that Dhawan cannot continue, Pant will walk in to take KL Rahul's No. 4 slot while Rahul will open the innings with Rohit Sharma.


However, as of now, while Rahul will take Dhawan's place alongside Rohit, the team management expects Hardik Pandya to bat up the order at No. 4 - like he did in the match against Australia - while Dinesh Karthik will be introduced in the batting line-up slightly down the order.
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