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Rishabh Pant roped in as cover for injured Dhawan
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Rishabh Pant roped in as cover for injured Dhawan

Rishabh Pant has been roped in as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, it was announced on Wednesday.

Shikhar Dhawan will stay with the team despite a hand injury that could rule him out for at least two weeks for the World Cup.

Dhawan powered India to their second consecutive win of the tournament with an impressive 109-ball 117 against defending champions Australia at the Oval.

He took a blow to his left thumb after being struck by a vicious short ball from Pat Cummins. He continued to bat though but didn’t take field in Australia’s run-chase.

"We will be observing Dhawan and around the 10th or 12th day we will know where he stands," India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said ahead of the match against New Zealand.

"We do not want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar. As far as batting order goes, KL (Rahul) moves top of the order and there are various options the team can utilise going into the next game."

Bangar added: "If and when a replacement is required, it's always good to have a replacement coming in and practising with the team as a standby".

"Shikhar will definitely be missed in the next three to four games but we have great back-up for each position," he said. "With that we should be able to make it up.

"He (Pant) bats in the middle order and obviously being a left-hander helps and he was named in the standbys as well, so the team management has gone and picked him," he said of Pant's call-up.