Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup2019, Rishabh Pant named replacement

Southampton: In a major jolt to team India, opener Shikar Dhawan was on Wednesday ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2029 as he is unlikely to recover from a thumb injury which he sustained in the game against Australia at the Oval on June 9.

Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is set to replace him in the 15-man squad, team manager Sunil Subramaniam confirmed here on Wednesday.


The left-hander suffered the injury when a rising delivery from Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins hit him awkwardly in the early phase of his match-winning innings of 117 off 109 balls.

Dhawan didn’t come out to field after that innings and also missed India’s next two group games against New Zealand and arch-rivals Pakistan.

While the match against New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled due to rain, India brought KL Rahul against arch-rival Pakistan in the next game on June 16, who scored 57 and added a record 136 for the 1st wicket with Rohit Sharma.

Rishabh Pant, wicketkeeper and attacking middle-order batsman, was left out of India’s original World Cup squad.

Also Read: Cricket World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ruled Out Of Next 2-3 Games With Hamstring Injury

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