Shikar Dhawan being ruled out of the World Cup had created a lot of speculations as to who will be replacing the left-hander for the remaining World Cup matches. People came up with names who could replace the injured opener: Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant and Ambati Rayadu. But in the end, Pant gets the piece of cake, he is asked to get ready to leave for England at the earliest as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan.
Rishab Pant to fly to England
Rishabh Pant is all set to leave for England as a backup for the injured Shikhar Dhawan. As of now, he is yet to be named as a replacement for Dhawan as the BCCI is still hopeful that the India opener will recover from his injury in two to three weeks.
There was a statement made by the BCCI earlier which said “Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has taken a decision that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.
Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8f1RelCsXf
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 11, 2019
Official announcement yet to come
However, it is unclear if Rishab Pant will be really playing for the side or not, for the rest of the tournament. BCCI has kept him in a stand by, as a call will be taken looking into Dhawan’s progress and hope that the India opener will recover from his injury as quickly as possible. Dhawan suffered his injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia.
The moment when Dhawan’s replacement was triggered on the internet, Twitter users came up with hilarious memes that will make you go ROFL.
— Zayesh ✪⎊ (@imJSuthar) June 11, 2019
— Bhola Guru (@IGiveGyaan) June 11, 2019
— The Kartik Hindu (@TheOutspokenBoy) June 11, 2019
— Newtonsanuth (@NewtonSanuth) June 11, 2019
— Aditya Swaraj (@itya_adi) June 11, 2019
Risabh Pant standing outside of BCCI building.
BCCI: tum yaha kya kar rahe ho..??
Risabh Pant: pic.twitter.com/jb00OzvU4L
— Ramta Jogi (@SaahRocks) June 11, 2019
Ambati Rayudu : "Chodd mujhe, inki to mai !!" pic.twitter.com/uia9LQJiOW
— Raowl (@RaowlGandhi) June 11, 2019
— Deepak Pareek? (@being_kabir) June 11, 2019
Rishabh pant right now : pic.twitter.com/gwYUBximZw
— JRism (@jiteshrochlani) June 11, 2019
— Lord Duffer-In (@British_Viceroy) June 11, 2019
— Jagriti (@iamjagriti_) June 11, 2019