Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against Afghanistan

first_imgRishabh Pant was gutted after being left out of India’s World Cup 2019 squad on April 15. A little over 2 months later, Pant has replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the team and in 2 days time might even play his first World Cup match.India will take on Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday and Rishabh Pant looks set to bat in the middle order.Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a fractured thumb during his match-winning 117. After observing Dhawan for a few days, the Indian team management decided to replace him with Rishabh Pant.However, Vijay Shankar, who had replaced Dhawan in the playing XI against Pakistan, did well on his World Cup debut with 2 crucial wickets.But Vijay Shankar hobbled off field after a training stint at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Vijay was hit by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker on the toes – he was in pain but it had subsided by Wednesday evening.”Yes, Vijay was in pain but it has subsided by the evening. Hopefully, there’s nothing scary,” news agency PTI quoted a source.On Thursday, it became increasingly clear Rishabh Pant could be added to the XI and he might bat at No.4. It is unlikely the team management would want to take any chances with Vijay Shankar. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already been ruled out of the next 2 or 3 matches after sustaining an injury in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read World Cup 2019: Feel for you Shikhar Dhawan, says Sachin Tendulkaradvertisementlast_img