Rishabh Pant has finally joined India’s World Cup squad in England and he is making the most of it. Pant is not a part of the 15-man squad but has joined the team as cover for Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan is currently sidelined with a thumb injury that he had sustained during the clash against Australia. He was hit on his thumb by a Pat Cummins bouncer.
Dhawan had played through the pain barrier and went on to score a ton but did not come out to field. Ravindra Jadeja had later come out to field. Scans later revealed a hairline fracture in Dhawan’s thumb. At that time, it looked like Dhawan would be ruled out of the competition. However, the team-management decided against sending back Dhawan home.
At the same time, Pant was added to team as a cover. And while Pant is unlikely to play in the World Cup, he is making the most of his stay in England. On Saturday, he was seen taking tips from his illustrious teammate Dhoni on wicketkeeping. The former India skipper was teaching Pant the basic of wicketkeeping like a dedicated teacher and Pant was listening to him like an obedient student.
Here is a clip showing MS Dhoni teaching Rishabh Pant about wicketkeeping (Credits: ESPNcricinfo)
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Dhawan is likely to recover by the time India take on England on June 30. India, meanwhile, will next take on arch rivals on Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester. Team India have started their World Cup campaign on a high, beating South Africa and Australia with ease. India’s third game against New Zealand was washed out.
The Men in Blue still remain unbeaten in the World Cup and will be hoping to continue the run when they take on Pakistan on Sunday.