World Cup 2019: KL Rahul Will Open, Confirms Batting Coach Sanjay Bangar As He Shares An Update On Shikhar Dhawan’s Injury And Rishabh Pant’s Arrival

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World Cup 2019: Here’s what Team India Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said about Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar ahead of clash against New Zealand

Written By Joel Kurian | Mumbai | Updated On:

There’s good news for Indian cricket fans as Shikhar Dhawan might not take very long to get back to full fitness, and it might be earlier than expected. Team India’s Batting Coach Sanjay Bangar revealed that the opening batsman might take 10-12 days to recover, lesser than the three weeks that was being reported, and that the team is helping him out for the same. The former Indian batsman also stated that Vijay Shankar could be one of the options, who could come into the southpaw’s place, but there were other options too. Meanwhile, he also confirmed that Rishabh Pant, who is being termed as a standby for Dhawan, will be joining the team. 

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Bangar was quoted as saying by ANI, “We're monitoring Shikhar Dhawan. He may take 10-12 days to recover, we'll assist him. Vijay Shankar is one of the options, if&when required. It's good to have back up. Rishabh Pant will be in Manchester.” 

Bangar added that the final decision on Dhawan will be taken after 10-12 days. However, 'if and when' Pant is required, his practise sessions with the team for the next few days would keep him in good stead, the coach said.

When asked if being a left-hander, (only Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja are southpaws in the team), worked in Pant's favour, Bangar said that it definitely helps and added that the youngster being a middle-order batsman was one of the reasons he was considered. 

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He also confirmed that KL Rahul now moves up the order.  (Watch the video above)

Republic TV had reported earlier in the day that Pant had left for England, not as a replacement, but as a standby for Dhawan. Bangar’s quote also seemed to hint that Shankar might most likely take up the No 4 slot in case as KL Rahul might be pushed up the order. Dhawan’s injury had thrown up four possibilities for the crucial slot, Shankar and Dinesh Karthik, who are members of the 15-player squad, and Ambati Rayudu and Pant, who were standby players for Dhawan. However, with Pant set to join the team soon, Rayudu is now out of the equation. 

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