It has emerged that the team management was never going on any replacement, including Pant, instead of hoping for Shikhar Dhawan to get fit for the business end of the tournament.
Chances of Dhawan achieaining match fitness, however, look grim at the moment The team management is looking forward to the cases where athletes have recovered quicker than expected
On the eve of the match against New Zealand, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said that Dhawan is so ” precious” wattle Skipper Virat Kohli And Head CoachRavi ShastriAre Willing To Wait Even If The Opener Is Fit For The Last League Game Against Sri Lanka On July 6.
The three selectors – Chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh – are currently in England and “wanted to announce a replacement straightaway”.
“… but the team management seemed against the idea as a replacement would have meant that Dhawan would have practically had no chance of making it if India goes into semi-finals, his hand on the look. It’s plastered and things are not great, “A BCCI source, privy to the development, said on conditions of anonymity.
Former off-spinner Sarandeep appears to be an extended part of the team as he is always found in his apparel and pretty active during training sessions.
Regarding Pant, a final decision was arrived at when the team management was convinced that the situation turned worse.
“He (Pant) bats in the middle-order, and obviously being a left-hander (also) helps. He was picked as a stand-by as well. So team management went away and picked him,” Bangar said.
The delay in officially announcing Pant as cover even after the team management and selectors have agreed on due to the necessary clearances that the BCCI had procure from the administrators and office-bearers.
The BCCI logistics team starts functioning once Pant would be taking a flight from Delhi to Manchester on Thursday.