Rishabh Pant comes in as cover for injured Dhawan

Nottingham, June 12:

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Wednesday brought in as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s World Cup squad but won’t get access to the dressing room till the time the senior opener is not completely ruled out.
Pant, whose omission from the original squad became a topic of heated debates given his stupendous form in the past one year, will join the side in Manchester ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday.
“Rishabh Pant is being flown in from India as cover at the request of the team management,” a senior BCCI official currently in England said.
He won’t be considered a replacement till the time the team management takes a final call on Dhawan’s availability for the rest of the tournament.
The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players to have emerged in Indian cricket.
He impressed with Test hundreds during the tours of England and Australia earlier and was in fine form during the IPL last month.
It was learnt from BCCI sources that just like Dhawal Kulkarni in the 2015 World Cup, Pant will not officially be a part of the squad and won’t have dressing room access on match days.
“He will arrive before the Pakistan game in Manchester. so he won’t make it here but he will be there in Manchester. Since he is not a part of the squad, he will be travelling separately with Khaleel Ahmed,” a source said. (PTI)