Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/12/2019 8:48:07 AM

England, June 11 India are likely to call in either Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant to replace Shikhar Dhawan who has been ruled out of World Cup 2019 after he fractured his thumb during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan has scored 6 hundreds for India in World Cups and Chamions Trophies and his injury is a big blow. KL Rahul will most likely replace Dhawan at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma for India's third match of the World Cup against New Zealand on June 13. According to sources, it is learnt Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be called up if India do name a replacement. It is not yet known whether Dhawan will stay on in England after his scan reports came in. Rishabh Pant's omission from the World Cup came as a big surprise to many. Pant, in fact, said he was disappointed after he was not selected but admitted he moved on during the Indian Premier League to focus on strong performances for Delhi Capitals. Meanwhile, Pant's Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer is also a contender to replace Dhawan in England. Ambati Rayudu is in the deginated standys list along with Pant but the team management might push for Mumbai batsman and India A captain Shreyas Iyer as he is a specialist No.4 batsman. Iyer is currently in England. Dhawan is being assessed by Patrick Farhart and specialists are being consulted right now to get a clear idea on his availability. Dhawan didn't take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs. He underwent scans here in which the fracture came to light.


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