The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Cup 2019 has approved Rishabh Pant as a replacement player for Shikhar Dhawan in India’s squad for the remainder of the tournament. Opener Dhawan, who suffered a thumb injury during the league match against Australia, has been ruled out of further participation in the event.
The team management had put Dhawan under observation but called in Pant from India as cover just before India’s match against New Zealand, which was eventually, was washed out without a ball being bowled.
The ICC release said: “The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).”
Shikhar likely to remain out till July 2019
Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday morning as he was not in a position to recover in time for the remaining games of the showpiece event. Team manager Sunil Subramaniam addressed the media in Southampton on Wednesday afternoon and confirmed the same.
“Shikhar has a fracture on the left hand and will remain in cast until July 2019. We have requested ICC for Rishabh Pant as a replacement,” he said.
Dhawan visited a specialist on Wednesday morning before the call to bring in Pant as replacement was taken. It was Dhawan second World Cup after 2015 in which he was successful. In two World Cups, the batsman has played 10 matches and scored three hundreds. He was just one ton short of equaling an elite record jointly held by former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Dhawan has six hundreds in ICC tournaments while the other two have seven.
KL Rahul opened the Indian innings with in-form Rohit Sharma in the absence of Dhawan in the match against Pakistan and the partnership paid off. While Rahul scored 57, Rohit slammed his second hundred (140) of the tournament to add 136 runs for the first wicket to give India a solid foundation to fire. India went on to win the game by 89 runs via DLS Method.