first_img Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 18:10 IST Rishabh Pant made his debut on Yuzvendra Chahal’s Chahal TV in Southampton on Friday (BCCI TV screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in India’s squad for World Cup 2019Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured thumb after copping a blow vs AustraliaPant said it was a childhood dream to play at least one World Cup and do well for IndiaRishabh Pant was disappointed when he was not named in the India squad for the 2019 World Cup, two months ago. But he realised there was something he did not do right and focused on working even harder to do well for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.By June, Rishabh Pant was on his way to England to join up with the Indian World Cup team as back-up for Shikhar Dhawan. During a match-winning 117 in India’s second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dhawan had copped a nasty blow on his thumb and a fracture would rule him out of the tournament.Rishabh Pant was ignored for Dinesh Karthik as the selectors thought the latter was a better wicketkeeper. Several former cricketers like Ricky Ponting, 2-time World Cup winning captain for Australia and Delhi Capitals coach, were shocked to see the selectors leave Pant out from the initial 15-member squad.The Indian team management decided to keep Dhawan under observation for a few days. After realising their talismanic opener could not recover soon enough, Pant was named Dhawan’s replacement.While Dhawan was heartbroken and said the “show must go on” for India, Rishabh Pant was ecstatic to realise his childhood dream of playing at least one World Cup for India.”When I wasn’t selected (for the World Cup in the original squad) I thought I did not do too things right and I became even more positive. I worked harder when I was not selected. Then I did well in the IPL and kept praticing,” Pant told Chahal TV on bcci.tv.advertisement”Everyone (in the team) has only dream: to help India win the World Cup.”When I was called as back-up for Shikhi bhai, my mom was with me and I told her before anyone else. She went straight to the temple.. she was very happy.”As a kid, I always dreamt of playing at least 1 World Cup and wanted to do well for the country. I am very happy with the call-up,” Pant said.MUST WATCH: #TeamIndia’s latest inclusion in the side @RishabPant777 is elated post his selection in the squad & wants to win games for India #CWC19Our latest guest on Chahal TV – Rishabh Pant – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalFull video link https://t.co/NQe8ykrrDK pic.twitter.com/4ITWO5xa5zBCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2019Rishabh Pant has played only 5 ODIs but the 21-year-old from Delhi is considered to be among the most exciting batting talents in India. He has a much better record in the 9 Tests he has played and really came into his own with bat and wicketkeeping gloves in the 2018-19 Test series in Australia.Rishabh Pant is likely to replace Vijay Shankar, if he is not fit to play India’s 5th match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan on June 22.Also Read | CWC 19: Harbhajan backs Shankar ahead of Pant for Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Virat Kohli chills out with ‘champ’ Rishabh Pant ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against Afghanistan For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Chahal TVFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019 Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant said when he got a call to join the Indian team as back-up for Shikhar Dhawan in England, he told his mom before anyone else. Pant said it was a childhood dream to play a World Cup for India.advertisementlast_img

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