The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named a cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan. It's Hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.
Pant is looked forward to bond with the team in England on the night before of the New Zealand match. His addition would occur only when Dhawan is completely ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“Rishabh is just being called here in advance as standby so that he can adapt. 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 reveal.
The hairline fracture that Dhawan has sustained can be recovered in a week's time but it can even take more than 15 days, so the BCCI has come to a decision not to take the final call on the player's instant future.
According to the ICC rules, if BCCI decides to put some other player in Dhawan's place then he will not be able to take part in the tournament even if he is fine.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that Rishabh Pant would be the fit substitution for the mutilated player Shikhar Dhawan who is currently going under observation because of the thumb fracture he had after being hit during the game against Australia.