Rishabh Pant most likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan

Rishabh Pant most likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan

Rishabh Pant most likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan

He had been hit on his left thumb during India's match against defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team".

The 33-year-old is expected to miss India's next two matches due to a suspected hairline fracture to his left-thumb.

Dhawan underwent precautionary scans and tests following the injury. He had thus, not taken the field in the second innings, as Ravindra Jadeja fielded the entire 50 overs as his replacement.

India will next take on New Zealand on June 13 at Trent Bridge. Inspite of the injury, the left-handed batsman continued to bat with a taped thumb. Dhawan was clearly struggling after receiving the blow but had gone on to score a sublime ton. "KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4.", Pietersen tweeted. What might come as a breather for India is that Rahul too, has returned back to form, although Dhawan's shoes might be too big to fill in the opening slot.

The Indian selectors had named a list of stand-by players before the World Cup, comprising Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini. In case they decide to rest Dhawan for the remainder of the series, the replacement could be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant.

It isn't an ideal scenario but it is the only way to keep the door ajar on both a possible recovery and a timely replacement. "He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place", Gavaskar was quoted as saying in Told Today when asked to make his choice. "But if you try sometime you might find, you get what you need".

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