Young Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will fly to England on Wednesday. Reports have confirmed that Pant will reach England today and will be on standby for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan. It is to be noted that Dhawan sustained an injury in India’s World Cup game against Australia on June 9. Dhawan’s fitness will be under monitor but he will continue to be part of the 15- member Indian squad.
Rishabh will join the team Indian World Cup squad in Nottingham. His call up to England will help him adapt to the English conditions in advance and in case, Shikhar Dhawan is not able to regain fitness in time, Pant will be able to join the team immediately after seeking an official replacement request from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Reports have also confirmed that apparels and other official formalities have been taken care of and sent at Pant’s residence in Delhi.
As far as Dhawan is concerned, team management has showed immense faith in him by not replacing him immediately. Notably, as per the latest ICC rules, if a player is replaced in the tournament he will not be allowed to take part in any further matches even if he regains fitness during the course of the tournament unless some other player is injured.
Thus, Indian Team management are backing Dhawan to regain fitness even at the cost of missing a couple of games as he is expected to recover before the crucial knock-out stage of the tournament.
However, if within a week, it is discovered that the Indian opener won’t be able to recover before the business end of the tournament, then Pant will join India’s 15-member squad.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul is expected to open the bating with Rohit in Shikhar’s absence. A toss-up between Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik might fill up the void spot in the middle order.
India have a couple of crucial encounters ahead in the week – against New Zealand on Thursday and Pakistan on Sunday.