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Rishabh Pant should replace Shikhar Dhawan, says Kevin Pietersen | ICC World Cup 2019

Former top order batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that Rishabh Pant would be the most suitable replacement for the Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out for three weeks after a thumb fracture he sustained on being hit during the game against Australia in the Kennington Oval, London. However, BCCI has not yet made any official announcement about any replacement for the opening batsman. However, according to the ICC rules, if BCCI makes a decision to replace him with another player, Dhawan will not be allowed to play even if he gets fit for the latter half of the tournament.

Kevin Pietersen made a tweet to express his views about the situation.

As per IANS, the fracture line has only been detected on CT scan and no fracture could be identified post X-ray. Although the team can apply for a replacement any time, they want to be sure about Dhawan's injury status and recovery time before deciding on whether or not to call for a replacement.

Dhawan made a slow start in this World Cup with a few low scores, but he regained his form against Australia where the opener made a brilliant hundred to set up an easy victory for his team. If Dhawan remains unfit in the next couple of games, India might choose to open with KL Rahul and bring in either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar into the playing XI. 

Team India will face New Zealand on Thursday and after that they will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.