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Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant to replace the left-hander

SOUTHAMPTON: Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan was Wednesday ruled out of the ongoing World Cup and replaced by young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant after failing to make enough recovery in a fresh assessment of his thumb fracture. Dhawan was always running against time to be fit for the match against England, scheduled for June 30 in Birmingham. However, the team management was reluctant to name a replacement. Pant was brought in as cover for Dhawan after the team management decided to wait on the senior opener’s recovery but assessment of the injury this week did not throw up encouraging results. India would have had only 13 players to select from in the Afghanistan game on June 22 if Pant was not brought in as a replacement.

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