ICC CWC 2019: Indian team management gives a significant update on Dhawan’s availability


XtraTime Web Desk: The Indian team management will take any final call on Shikhar Dhawan’s availability at the ongoing World Cup at least after 10 to 12 days because he is too “precious” and can’t be ruled out this early, said India’s Assistant Coach Sanjay Bangar on Wednesday.

The opening batsman will miss three to four matches due to a hairline fracture on his left thumb and young Rishabh Pant will join the squad as stand by ahead of India’s highly anticipated clash with arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

“As far as Shikhar is concerned, we are observing him and it will take some time, around 10 or 12 days to figure out where he stands,” Bangar said on the eve of the game against New Zealand here.

“We will be in a better position to take a call then because we don’t want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar, straight at the time of the injury,” he added.

The assistant coach’s statement means that Dhawan will be out of the games against New Zealand (Thursday), Pakistan (Manchester, June 16), Afghanistan (June 22, Southampton) and West Indies (June 27, Manchester).

Bangar also informed that Pant is being summoned so that he can train with the team and be match-ready in case Dhawan is ruled out of the tournament.

“Since Dhawan’s assessment will take 10-12 days, till that point of time, we wanted to make sure if and when the replacement is required and I am saying if and when, then it is always good to have a replacement player coming in and practising with the team as a stand-by,” Bangar said.

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