Youngster Rishabh Pant is now the official replacement for Shikhar Dhawan in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019. On Wednesday, the India opener was ruled out due to a thumb fracture which opened the gate for the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.
Pant is a proven performer in Tests and T20Is, but he is yet to make a mark in ODI cricket. The left-handed batsman has two Test centuries and that too, in England and Australia. His ODI record reads 93 runs in five innings with the best show — 36 off 24 balls against Australia in Mohali earlier this year — coming in a losing cause.
On top of that, Pant has been only tested at home and against two teams — West Indies (three games) and Australia (two).
Pant, however, will gain confidence from his IPL 2019 statistics — 488 runs in 16 matches, comprising three fifties at a strike-rate of 162.66.
He might find it difficult to make it to the playing XI but a chance is never too far.
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