The next match for India will be against New Zealand on Thursday and as Shikar Dhawan is under observation post his injury, Rishabh Pant is now all set to go to England as cover. Dhawan’s thumb fracture during Australia’s match is being monitored and he will be in England. Rishabh Pant has been asked to leave to England immediately as a replacement for Dhawan, hoping that the India opener will recover from his injury within three weeks.
The BCCI in a statement said: “Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored. Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday.”
Rishabh Pant was initially ignored for Dinesh Karthik when the 15-member squad was picked. England batsman Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to announce that Pant should be flown at the moment the seriousness of Dhawan’s injury came to light. Moreover, the decision has been widely praised by the netizens saying that Rishabh Pant is the best replacement.