ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Three players who could have been better replacements for Shikhar Dhawan.

A look at the players who could have got the nod other than Rishabh Pant.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Three players who could have been better replacements for Shikhar Dhawan.ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Three players who could have been better replacements for Shikhar Dhawan.
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Shikhar Dhawan sustained an injury in his left thumb during his brilliant knock of 117 against defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday. Later, scans revealed that he has a fracture and could be ruled for three weeks. This means that he could miss out India's upcoming clashes against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England. The Indian think tank wasted no time and has called on Rishabh Pant to be part of the Indian team at the earliest. So, Rishabh Pant could take up a place in the middle order and KL Rahul might be asked to open the batting with Rohit Sharma.

Though Rishabh Pant has performed exceptionally well in the domestic circuit and in IPL, at times his reckless batting can cause his own downfall and might dearly cost the Indian team in a high profile tournament such as the World Cup.

Here we have a look at the players who might have got the nod other than Rishabh Pant:

1. Ambati Rayudu:

The Hyderabad born batsmen was unlucky to lose out on a place in the World Cup squad. After some fine performances in the 2018 edition of IPL for Chennai Super Kings, Rayudu got a chance to show his mettle at the international arena. He impressed one and all with his fluent stroke making skills and was all set to be a vital cog in the World Cup squad. But due to lack of form and Vijay Shankar grabbing his opportunity at a crucial juncture in the series against Australia, Rayudu was overlooked. With his ability to anchor the innings at the crucial number four slot, he might have well have been added to the squad to provide the much needed stability in the middle order.

2. Ajinkya Rahane:

The Mumbai born cricketer has the ability to open the batting and also take up a place in the middle order. He also has the knack of rotating the singles in the middle overs and can hold the batting line up together at number four. Needless to say, he was a vital member in Team India's World Cup campaign in 2015, when they reached the semi finals. Currently he has been making runs for Hampshire in the County Championship in similar conditions and might have been an ideal replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan.

3. Shreyas Iyer:

Shreyas Iyer is another Mumbai lad who could take up the crucial number four slot. He has amassed tons of runs for Mumbai and has the ability to score quick runs and take the attack to the opposition. He has also fared well in the limited opportunities he has got with the Indian Team. He has scored 210 runs in five innings at an average of 42 including two half centuries. It might not have been surprising if he was picked ahead of Rishabh Pant.

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