India have received the go-ahead to call Rishabh Pant into their Cricket World Cup squad after ruling Shikhar Dhawan out of the remainder of the tournament.

Opener Dhawan suffered a painful injury to his left hand in the match against Australia at The Oval on June 9, when he made a century.

Tests showed he broke a bone and must stay in plaster under mid-July.

Team manager Sunil Subramaniam said Dhawan suffered "a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand", and middle-order batsman Pant was swiftly named to take his place in the squad.

The International Cricket Council announced in a statement later on Wednesday that Pant had been approved as a replacement, after its event technical committee assessed India's request.

Left-hander Pant is already in England and could come into contention to be involved against Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday.

The 21-year-old has only played five ODI matches, and has a top score of 36, however he has impressed at Test level with two centuries in his first nine matches.

India have called for Rishabh Pant to provide cover for Shikhar Dhawan after the opening batsman suffered a Cricket World Cup injury blow.

Dhawan made a brilliant century in the victory over holders Australia at The Oval on Sunday but was unable to field after being struck on the thumb while batting.

With uncertainty over how long Dhawan will be out of action, wicketkeeper-batsman Pant will fly to England.

Pant will be on standby in case powerful left-hander Dhawan can play no further part in the tournament.

A BCCI statement released on Tuesday said: "Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team.

"The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored."

The creme de la creme will be involved in the Cricket World Cup, but there are plenty of talented players who will not feature when the tournament begins this week.

Each of the 10 nations involved in England and Wales named 15-man squads for the competition, which meant selectors faced some difficult decisions before settling on their chosen line-ups.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the best 11 players who will not be involved.

Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka's dreadful pre-World Cup form led to changes for this tournament and Dickwella was one of those to pay the price. He was out in single figures in all three of his innings against South Africa in March.

Opta fact: Despite his recent struggles, Dickwella has amassed more ODI runs (1,388) than any other Sri Lankan batsman since the start of 2017.

Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh)

Imrul has been out of the ODI picture since December having been dismissed for four and a duck against West Indies. Prior to that, though, he had accrued 349 across three innings against Zimbabwe, so there was some surprise he was deemed surplus to requirements.

Opta fact: Of the 124 men to have registered at least eight ODI innings in 2018, Imrul's average of 62.3 was the eighth-highest.

Rishabh Pant (India)

Dinesh Karthik, who turns 34 during the tournament, was preferred to Pant, 21, as back-up wicketkeeper to MS Dhoni. Given Karthik and Dhoni's advancing years, Pant's time will surely come but the explosive youngster is only on the standby list in 2019.

Opta fact: Pant has starred in the Indian Premier League, scoring the second-most runs (1,172) over the last two seasons behind only KL Rahul (1,252). Pant also claimed the most dismissals for a wicketkeeper (24) in this year's tournament.

Ambati Rayudu (India)

Rayudu had been earmarked for the number-four slot in India's batting line-up but lost out to Vijay Shankar due to the latter's 'three-dimensional' qualities. Rayudu had some fun with that, saying on Twitter that he had ordered "a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup".

Opta fact: In his 35 ODI innings outside of India, Rayudu has averaged 47.4. Only Virat Kohli and Dhoni have better records among those to have played for the country as often.

Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka)

Despite being his nation's captain as recently as six months ago, Chandimal was another high-profile Sri Lankan to be omitted. A regular throughout 2017 and 2018, Chandimal's last ODI century was in August 2016.

Opta fact: Chandimal has scored a half-century in four of his last six ODI innings in England and Wales.

Peter Handscomb (Australia)

Australia had to find a way to include Steve Smith and David Warner following their returns from bans, and wicketkeeper-batsman Handscomb was the unfortunate one to miss out despite starring in the duo's absence.

Opta fact: Prior to naming their preliminary squad, Handscomb had featured in 13 straight ODIs, scoring a century and three half-centuries while averaging 43.5.

Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

All-rounder Pollard has not played an ODI since October 2016 but many thought he might have been involved on the back of a fine IPL, when he helped Mumbai Indians to a record fourth title.

Opta fact: As well as averaging 49.2 across his final 11 innings in this year's IPL, Pollard has the experience of appearing in two previous World Cups (2007 and 2011).

Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

It has been nearly five years since Bravo appeared in an ODI and he retired from international cricket in October 2018, but the all-rounder is still on the standby list having scored 2,968 runs and taken 199 wickets for the Windies in this format.

Opta fact: Only 21 men have scored over 2,500 ODI runs and claimed at least 150 wickets and Bravo is one of three West Indians to have done so - along with Chris Gayle and Carl Hooper.

David Willey (England)

Someone had to make way for the talented Jofra Archer and left-armer Willey, useful with bat and ball, was the unfortunate player to miss out. Willey has been a major part of England's recent white-ball success but, even in his absence, Eoin Morgan still has Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes as seam options.

Opta fact: Since his debut in May 2015, no player has opened the bowling more often for England in ODIs than Willey (44 - level with Woakes)

Josh Hazlewood (Australia)

A back injury contributed to Hazlewood's absence from Australia's squad, though the seamer is expected to be in England later in the year for the Ashes series.

Opta fact: Hazlewood produced his best ODI figures in the last major tournament to take place in England - the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy - taking 6-52 against New Zealand.

Junaid Khan (Pakistan)

Included in the preliminary squad, Junaid was axed after disappointing in the warm-up series with England as the selectors went back to Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Having featured in 76 one-day games for his country, Junaid's experience will be missed.

Opta fact: Junaid has taken a wicket in each of his previous six ODI appearances in England and Wales.

Rishabh Pant's explosive knock proved decisive as Delhi Capitals secured a narrow Indian Premier League eliminator win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Capitals set up a showdown with defending champions Chennai Super Kings for a spot in the final after securing a two-wicket victory on Wednesday.

Sunrisers had posted a competitive 162-8 at Visakhapatnam, with Martin Guptill top scoring on 36, before a late spell of pressure with the ball ultimately came up short.

In a tense finish, the Capitals got over the line with a ball to spare to make it through to the qualifier, with Mumbai Indians awaiting in Sunday's final. 


Pant (49) fell one run shy of a brilliant half century, but his contribution was telling nonetheless.

With opener Prithvi Shaw having struck a delicate balance between composure and opportunism to clock up a fine 56, Pant had the foundations on which to quickly build a match-winning innings.

And quickly was the operative word for the left-hander, whose 21-ball outing included five maximums.

He also struck a pair of boundaries before finally falling victim to a fuller delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-42) in the 19th over – Mohammad Nabi taking the catch – but he had set the stage for his side's triumph. 


It was a testing total that Delhi had been set and they soon showed their attacking intent.

They were 55 without loss across the powerplay, asserting their authority early on.

It was a wobble in the final third of their innings that slowed things down, the Capitals losing some quick wickets as nerves seemed to set in.

Pant helped keep things on track until his dismissal left Keemo Paul (five not out) with the honour of knocking off the winning runs, with Chennai up next for Delhi.

Earlier, Paul had helped keep The Capitals in the game with a brilliant 3-32 from his four overs.



The relatively serene progress of Delhi towards their victory target was made significantly tougher by the assiduous bowling of Rashid Khan.

It was primarily his efforts that made the final 10 overs as dramatic as they were, taking the contest right down to the wire.

He allowed just 15 runs from his four overs and claimed two wickets, but ended up on the losing side.

Delhi Capitals duo Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma took three wickets apiece before Rishabh Pant's third half-century of the 2019 Indian Premier League ended Rajasthan Royals' play-off hopes. 

Rajasthan had to win if they were to have a chance of securing a top-four finish but Delhi, who had already qualified for the playoffs, chased down a modest target of 116 with 23 balls to spare to clinch a five-wicket victory.

The Royals were four down before the powerplay thanks to some excellent early bowling from Ishant (3-38) and Trent Boult (2-27) before Mishra (3-17) took wickets with back-to-back deliveries - a drop from Boult then denying him a hat-trick in the 12th over.

Riyan Parag (50) - twice out in the 40s earlier in the tournament - became the youngest half-centurion in IPL history at 17 years and 175 days to drag the Royals to a total of 115-9 that never looked like being enough.

Though the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer all fell cheaply in reply, Pant (53 not out) stuck around to see his team over the line, sealing victory with his fifth maximum.



There have been just 19 hat-tricks in IPL history, and Delhi leg-spinner Mishra has taken three of them.

A fourth personal treble and a 20th in tournament history was on the cards when the Capitals bowler had Shreyas Gopal stumped before Stuart Binny nicked behind.

New batsman Krishnappa Gowtham then mistimed a slog-sweep first up, but confusion in the field meant Boult was late in attempting to make the catch and he grassed the chance.



Two men who missed out on places in India's Cricket World Cup squad - Ajinkya Rahane and Pant - were in action on Saturday but only one of those showed evidence the selectors may have made an error.

Rahane made a century the last time these two sides met but it came in a losing cause, with Pant's 78 not out guiding the Capitals to a six-wicket win.

This time around, Rajasthan captain Rahane was out for just two while Pant made his second unbeaten half-century since being overlooked for his country's World Cup party.

A modest target was hard work for Delhi until Pant stepped up, blasting 24 off the last six balls he faced to bring about the end in a hurry.

Ajinkya Rahane's magnificent century was in vain as Rishabh Pant blasted Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals which put them top of the Indian Premier League.

The Royals had little margin for error in their bid to make the play-offs and Rahane showed he is not feeling sorry for himself after being sacked as captain by scoring a brilliant 105 not out from only 63 balls.

Steve Smith, who was appointed as skipper on Saturday, made 50 from 32 deliveries in the Royals' total of 191-6 in Jaipur on Monday.

But that was not enough to deny the Capitals top spot, Pant smashing an unbeaten 78 from just 36 balls after another half-century from the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 27).

Prithvi Shaw also chipped in with 42 for a Delhi side that moved level on points with Chennai Super Kings, who have a game in hand. 



Rahane silenced his critics in emphatic fashion after enduring a difficult few days.

Sanju Samson was run out without facing a ball following a mix-up with Rahane, who was then dropped by Ishant Sharma with only 16 to his name.

The classy opener made amends with an outstanding knock, racing to a half-century in only 32 balls and hitting three sixes and 11 fours as he batted through the innings.



Smith also played with fluency to score a second successive fifty, but the Royals lost their way after the skipper struck Axar Patel to Chris Morris at long off.

Ben Stokes (8) fell cheaply and there was a third consecutive golden duck for Ashton Turner as the Capitals put the brakes on.

Kagiso Rabada (2-37) struck twice in the final over, with Rajasthan failing to post 200 after losing momentum. 



Dhawan played the role of chief aggressor in an opening stand of 72 with Shaw to get the Capitals ahead of the required rate. 

The dangerous left hander launched Dhawal Kulkarni and Shreyas Gopal for sixes as Delhi got off to a flyer.

Gopal claimed a measure of revenge by getting him stumped, but Pant took centre stage with a match-winning knock - hitting the second ball of the last over from Jaydev Unadkat for his fourth six to send the Capitals to the summit.

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have missed out on India's Cricket World Cup squad, with Vijay Shankar set to receive a prominent role.

Pant is India's Test wicketkeeper but he has not been included in the ODI group travelling to England, with Dinesh Karthik preferred to play back-up to MS Dhoni.

And according to chief selector MSK Prasad, it was Pant's glovework that saw him miss out, with recent strong performances with the bat in the longest format not enough to secure a place.

"Wicketkeeping also matters," said Prasad. "That is the reason why we went with Dinesh Karthik, otherwise Rishabh Pant was also there."

The number four spot has been an issue for India of late, with Shankar set to compete with KL Rahul for the position.

Captain Virat Kohli had previously suggested Rayudu was in line to take up the role, but he has missed out on the squad completely.

"Since the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey," Prasad said.

"We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, he can bowl if the conditions are overcast, plus he is a fielder.

"We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a number four. Now we have plenty of options for that slot."

The rest of the squad is as expected, with Kohli leading a group that includes Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The ICC still allows teams to make changes to their final squads up until May 23.


India squad in full: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.

Rishabh Pant blasted a brutal unbeaten half-century to set up a 37-run Indian Premier League victory for the rebranded Delhi Capitals over Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.

Pant smashed 78 not out from only 27 balls as the Capitals - formerly the Daredevils - made an imposing 213-6 in their first match of the tournament on Sunday.

Colin Ingram (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (43) put on 83 for the third wicket after Mitchell McClenaghan (3-40) took two early scalps, then Pant struck seven sixes and as many fours in a devastating knock.

Delhi took 99 off the last six overs, with Pant combining finesse and power in a breathtaking innings, which proved to be the difference.

New signing Yuvraj Singh made 53 from 35 balls and Krunal Pandya added a brisk 32, but Mumbai were dismissed for 176 in the final over.

Ishant Sharma took 2-34 and the excellent Kagiso Rabada 2-23 in a promising start to a new era for Delhi.



Dhawan and Ingram put the Capitals well on their way to posting a daunting total after they were reduced to 29-2.

It was the arrival of Pant that prompted the run-rate to rocket as the wicketkeeper-batsman delivered an exhibition of clean striking.

Dhawan and Ingram both holed out to deep midwicket but Pant took the impetus, with Ben Cutting and Hardik Pandya dispatched to all parts.

Pant continued to pepper the leg side and reached his fifty off only 18 balls, then set about Rasikh Salam in a penultimate over which cost 21 runs before Jasprit Bumrah was taken for 16 off the last.



Ishant and Rabada kept it tight early in Mumbai's run chase and it looked certain that it would be Delhi's day when Rahul Tewatia took a stunning catch to remove Rohit Sharma.

Tewatia came in from deep square-leg to get under a skier and clung on diving forward to see the back of the Indians skipper for just 14 in the fourth over.

Shreyas Iyer ran out Suryakumar Yadav with a direct hit and Ishant sent Quinton de Kock on his way for 27 in the same over to leave the three-time champions with a mountain to climb.

Yuvraj cleared the ropes three times in an entertaining knock but wickets tumbled too frequently, South Africa paceman Rabada dismissing the former India all-rounder and Cutting as Delhi eased to a comfortable victory.

MS Dhoni has been rested for the remainder of India's one-day international series against Australia.

Dhoni has featured in all three ODIs versus Australia, but a 32-run defeat in Ranchi on Friday could yet be his last match on home soil in the 50-over format.

The former India captain made 26 as India fell short chasing 314 to win the series, a second successive century for Virat Kohli (123) proving to be in vain.

Rishabh Pant is set to get his chance in Chandigarh on Sunday and Mohammed Shami could miss out after being struck on shin by an Aaron Finch drive. 

India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said: "There will certainly be some changes because Mahi [Dhoni] is not going to play the final two matches. He is taking rest.

"Also, Shami got hurt today in his leg so we will need to check whether he can be fit for day after. If he does not get fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar could come in."

Kohli cannot recall timing the ball much better than he did in a losing cause but felt the tourists deserved to stay alive in the series.

"In terms of hitting the ball well, I think it was one of the finest," the skipper Kohli said. "I just felt really clear in my head. Even after three down, I just told myself I have to play my game. I can't think of what's going to happen if I play my shots.

"I have to play the game that's gotten me till this level, and that's the same thing I want to continue in the middle.

"I was really disappointed I got out - I really thought we had a chance there with the difference of 20 between balls and runs. That's what happens - Australia played better and Adam [Zampa] bowled really well and they deserved to win."

Rishabh Pant said the support of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja was key as he helped put Australia to the sword with an unbeaten 159 for India on day two of the fourth Test.

Pant had made a start with the bat in each of his six previous innings in the series, registering scores of 25, 28, 36, 30, 39 and 33 in a remarkably consistent run.

Yet he was able to kick on to a much more significant total on Friday, sharing 89 with Pujara (193) and 204 with Jadeja (81) as he compiled a second Test century.

Asked what had made the difference in Sydney, Pant told reporters: "The main thing was that I was playing with a batsman this time. Most of the time when I got the starts [previously] I was playing with the tail.

"If I am batting with the tail I have to think differently because most of the time I have to score runs. When you are batting with a batsman, it is different."

Pant admitted he felt tense prior to reaching three figures, adding: "To be honest, I was a little nervous because in India when we were playing West Indies, in the last two innings I got out on 92 and 92. So I was scared slightly, but I got through that phase early, I guess.

"Every hundred I score at international level is special for me because I have just started my career. But the main thing is I don't think about hundreds, I just always think about only one thing, what the team needs from me. That's the only goal I have.

"The best part of my batting is that everyone in the team has given me freedom to express myself. So every time I go to bat I just enjoy myself."

India charged towards their first series victory in Australia after Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant inspired a complete day of dominance as the tourists reached 622 runs in Sydney on Friday.

Having already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India moved a step closer to a series victory thanks to Pujara's masterclass of 193 and Pant's unbeaten 159 at the SCG on day two of the fourth match.

Australia toiled fruitlessly in the Sydney heat and were completely outplayed by India, who declared on 622-7 after a 204-run partnership between Pant and Ravindra Jadeja (81) was ended in the final session.

Having fielded for almost two full days, Australia navigated a tricky 10-over spell late in the day via Marcus Harris (19 not out) and Usman Khawaja (5no) to reach 24-0 at stumps, still trailing by 598 runs, albeit fortuitously after Khawaja was dropped by Pant.

It was another energy-sapping day for Australia in the field as India heaped further misery on the beleaguered hosts, who only managed one wicket in a lopsided first session.

Hanuma Vihari's dismissal to Nathan Lyon (4-178) for 42 inside the first hour of play was the only wicket to fall as he and Pujara put on 101 runs after India resumed on 303-4.

Pujara had brought up his 150 with a boundary through covers before Vihari looked on in disbelief when his review of a catch failed to save him despite replays seeming inconclusive.

India were never in real danger, though Pujara was fortunate to survive on 192 when Khawaja – fielding at first slip – dropped him after stretching to his right to get a hand to the outside edge.

Lyon, however, finally dislodged Pujara caught and bowled as the in-form India batsman left the field to a standing ovation having taken his series tally to 521 runs.

Pujara's dismissal reduced India to 418-6 but Pant and Jadeja kept the scoreboard ticking over against Tim Paine's Australia, who simply had no answer with the ball.

Lyon, Mitchell Starc (1-123), Josh Hazlewood (2-105) and Pat Cummins (0-101) were picked apart as Pant scored his second Test century and first against Australia with a boundary following the tea break.

Paine turned to Marnus Labuschagne (0-76) and even Khawaja (0-4) and Travis Head (0-20) in an act of desperation to find a breakthrough but there was no stopping Pant becoming the first India wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia from just 137 deliveries.

Virat Kohli appeared to be flirting with a declaration during the afternoon and he finally called his batsmen off the ground when Jadeja was bowled by Lyon.

India have recalled former skipper MS Dhoni for their limited-overs matches against Australia and New Zealand.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni has endured a disappointing year in one-day internationals, averaging just 25, and was dropped for the recent Twenty20 series against West Indies and Australia, with Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant sharing the gloves.

However, India skipper Virat Kohli insisted last month that Dhoni remains a "very integral" part of India's team.

And the 37-year-old has been named in both the ODI squad to face Australia and New Zealand in January, and the T20 party that will take on the Black Caps.

Although Karthik is in both squads and Pant is included in the T20 group, Dhoni was listed as the wicketkeeper when the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the selections in a media release on Monday.

Following the ongoing Test series with Australia, five-day keeper Pant is set to play for India A in a one-day series against England Lions.

Karthik returns to the ODI squad in Pant's place, while Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya are also back at the expense of Umesh Yadav and Manish Pandey.

Dhoni, Pandya and Kedar Jadhav are the three men brought back into the T20 fray, with Yadav, Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar omitted.


India ODI squad to face Australia and New Zealand: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav.

India T20 squad to face New Zealand: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav.

India's tail must show greater application than they did on day four of the first Test against Australia, according to batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

An 87-run union between Cheteshwar Pujara (71) and Ajinkya Rahane (70) helped India to 234-3, but they were bowled out for 307 as spinner Nathan Lyon (122-6) helped bowl Australia back into the match.

The tourists lost their final five wickets for 25 runs - the last four going down for the addition of just four runs - with Australia reaching stumps on Sunday at 104-4 in pursuit of 323.

On India's collapse from 303-7, Bangar said: "We were expecting at least 25 runs from there. That is an area where we are continuously looking to improve.

"We are hoping the lower order, especially the tailenders at nine, 10, 11 show a bit more application than what they did today."

Rishabh Pant sent Lyon to the boundary three times in succession and added a stunning slog sweep over deep square to total 18 runs from the first over after lunch.

While Pant was caught in the deep off the same bowler from the next ball he faced to spark India's rapid demise, Bangar is not overly concerned about the wicketkeeper-batsman's aggressive approach.

"When he walked in, we were 260-odd [248] and immediately he released the pressure. He gave us those 25-30 quick runs," said Bangar.

"And once he had put us in that position, we expect that with time and with a bit of a better approach, a better mindset, and better calculation, he could have done better. But we don't really want to take the fearlessness out of any player.

"Hitting against the turn, getting those boundaries, they were high-percentage shots and you have seen many players who have been courageous play that. So it's a mix of caution and aggression and with time he will develop."

India scrambled a single off the last ball to seal a six-wicket victory and complete a whitewash of West Indies after Shikhar Dhawan made his highest Twenty20 international score in Chennai.

The Windies have had trouble getting out India skipper Virat Kohli, and they may be relieved not to see him in the 12-man squad they will face in a T20I series that begins tomorrow at Eden Gardens. 

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