Shikhar Dhawan was agonizingly ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday due to a fractured thumb, having sustained his injury during India's clash against reigning World Champions Australia off a rising delivery from Nathan-Coulter-Nile. Following this, Rishabh Pant, who had joined Team India in London as standby right after the extent of Dhawan's injury became clear, has been formally inducted into the squad as a replacement.
Dhawan's ouster was officially confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on their official Twitter handle.
Gabbar also did not feature in India's previous two games. The match against New Zealand was washed away due to rain while Rohit Sharma had opened the Indian innings along with KL Rahul against Pakistan.
Team India's manager Sunil Subramaniam has announced that the southpaw has been ruled out of the competition due to a fracture on base of the first Meta Carpel of the left hand and they have requested for a replacement as Rishabh Pant
Wicket-keeper batsman Pant who had made his ODI debut in late 2018 has only featured in five ODI's and has amassed 93 runs with his highest individual score being 36. At the same time, Pant also provides a handy option as a wicket-keeper as well as India already have the services of two wicket-keepers, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik.
Pant's inclusion received mixed responses on social media. Some believed that he was a good replacement for Dhawan, while others pointed out that it may not have been a like-for-like swap.
While there were some who were not on the same page.