Team India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has given an update on Shikhar Dhawan’s injury. According to Bangar, Dhawan could well take 10-12 days to recover from the thumb injury. The batting coach also indicated that Vijay Shankar is likely to replace Dhawan in India’s playing XI against New Zealand at the Trent Bridge on Thursday. Nottingham Weather Update: Gloomy Conditions, Rain Forecast Ahead of India vs New Zealand CWC19 Match at Trent Bridge.
“We're monitoring Shikhar Dhawan. He may take 10-12 days to recover, we'll assist him. Vijay Shankar is one of the options, if & when required. It's good to have back up. Rishabh Pant will be in Manchester,” Team India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier, it was reported that the wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will come in as a back up for injured Dhawan. "Pant is likely to come to the UK as a back up of Dhawan and not as a replacement. The BCCI has not asked for a replacement as of now. They will monitor Dhawan's recovery," a senior BCCI official told ANI. India vs New Zealand, Nottingham Weather Report: India Train in Gloomy Conditions, Rain Forecast Not Good for CWC 2019 Match Day.
"If there will be an issue with Dhawan's improvement then BCCI will ask the ICC for replacement and Pant will be added in the squad," the official added.
Meanwhile, after two back to back wins, India will be looking to make it three in a row. New Zealand too are unbeaten in the tournament and have won three consecutive matches. As per the weather forecast, rain is predicted in Nottingham on Thursday. The players were forced to practice indoors on Tuesday due to rain.