Rishabh Pant is set to join India’s World Cup 2019 squad in England to fill in for an injured Shikhar Dhawan. Pant was one of the batsmen in reserves and was likely to be called up in event of an injury. Former players Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Pietersen backed the 21-year-old to replace Dhawan given his recent form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

Before the 15-man squad selection for the ongoing World Cup, Pant was one of the frontrunners to get his maiden mega event call-up. But, the selectors banked on Dinesh Karthik’s experience and Vijay Shankar’s ability to deliver with both bat and ball.

Pant had a good run in IPL 2019 scoring 488 runs in 16 matches playing a crucial role in Delhi Capitals’ (DC) reaching the qualifiers. The wicketkeeper-batsman was backed by legend Ricky Ponting who worked with him closely as DC’s coach.

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