Mumbai: Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant on Saturday arrived in Manchester ahead of the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan.
The arch-rivals are set to battle in an encounter which is scheduled after almost a year. Pant has been called in as a cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan picked up an injury while batting in India's win over Australia on Sunday.
He was hit on his left thumb by a bouncer from Pat Cummins. Dhawan played a key role in India's victory against Australia. Dhawan smashed 117 runs off 109 balls, propelling India to a 36-run victory over the defending champions.
After the match, Dhawan went to Leeds for scans and soon after BCCI released an update saying, "Team India opening batsman Shikhar 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."
As standby for the injured Dhawan, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was flown to England.
Pant posted a photo from Manchester on his Instagram.
India is currently positioned at the third place in the standings of ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and the team next takes on arch-rivals Pakistan. Kohli said playing against Pakistan is a marquee event and the game brings out the best in everyone.
India takes on Pakistan in Manchester on June 16....