Quoting sources, a report by The Times of India said that once all the details on Dhawan's injury will be available, an official request for a replacement will be put out by the team management and that replacement is going to be Pant. His exclusion from the World Cup squad had led to a great deal of commentary with everyone, from lay fans to cricket experts, describing the decision as wrong.
Dhawan's loss is colossal for Virat Kohli and Co., especially with the left-hander boasting of an exceptional record in ICC tournaments.
He had scored 2 magnificent hundreds in the 2015 World Cup organized in Australia and New Zealand as well.
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Along with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan forms a potent combination at the top of the order and is vital for India's campaign, often getting the team off to solid starts and laying the foundation for a big total.
The opener has been a consistent performer in major ICC tournaments. Consequently, no replacements would be called for now. In the present context, nevertheless, Rahul - with his experience as an opener - is more likely to take up Dhawan's role while Pant will have to fill in the slot that will be left vacant by Rahul in the middle-order. Kl Rahul, who played at number 4 in the first two matches, will probably open the innings for India in the upcoming match. The Delhi native though might soon get to don the Blue jersey as Dhawan's replacement.
Dhawan had featured in 130 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India, scoring over 5,480 runs at an average over 44.
The Indian team management, however, has apparently come up with the best solution to a nasty problem.