ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of The World CUP, Rishabh Pant to Replace Dhawan

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of The World, Rishabh Pant to Replace Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan the dashing Indian opener has been ruled out of the cricket world cup 2019. In an emotional tweet, Dhawan himself broke the news on social media that he no longer be the part of the major event. Dhawan last played the game against Australia where he scored a brilliant of 117. During that inning, he got hit on the thumb from a rising delivery of Nathan Colter Nile. He missed the game against arch-rival Pakistan and KL Rahul opened the innings in his absence. Shikhar Dhawan was the highest scorer for team India in 2015 edition of ICC Cricket World Cup, he scored 412 runs in the last edition was seen in good form in this edition as well. He always raises his game in ICC events and has an enviable record in ICC events his absence will have a major impact on India’s world cup campaign.

What happened to Shikhar Dhawan?

The Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan got hit on the thumb during the match against Australia. He was struck by a rising delivery of Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter Nile. Dhawan was closely monitored and management was hoping him to recover in time. However, after assessing his injury and with the specialist opinion it was found that he will not be available until mid of July. Ending any hope of him returning to the tournament, Pant who was named as a cover for Dhawan will now be the part of Team India.  BCCI has made an official request to ICC for the inclusion of Rishab Pant in the team. If Pant was not announced as replacement team India would have only 13 player to choose from as Bhuvneshwar is already out for 3 matches due hamstring injury.

Pant is in some red hot form, he has already done well in England. Even his omission from world cup Squad became the topic of heated debate. Many former cricketers also advocated his inclusion in the Squad. Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Peterson supported Rishab Pant’s inclusion in the team. Pant will bring in that extra X factor with his attacking game, he has already done well in England when he played the test match series here.

Sunil Gavaskar on Pant As a Replacement

“..it has to be Rishabh Pant. He has been in cracking hot form in the IPL. He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place,” Gavaskar told India Today when asked about his pick for a replacement if Dhawan is ruled out.”

Kevin Peterson on Pant As a Replacement

Shikhar OUT the World Cup. Get Pant on the plane ASAP. KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…,”  KP quoted in a tweet

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