Shikhar Dhawan inured and he could not play in the upcoming matches for team India. Rishabh pant joins team India as cover of Dhawan. If, Shikhar Dhawan fails to recover from injury. Rishabh pant replaced him in the team.
In the pre-match press conference, Sanjay Bangar gives an update on Shikhar Dhawan’s fitness. He said,
“Around 10 or 12 days, we will be taking a call on the status of Shikhar and till that point, just to make sure that, if and when the replacement is required, then it is always good to have a replacement player coming in and practicing with the team as a standby,”
“We will be observing him (Dhawan) and probably it will take some time around 10th or 12th day we will get to know where he stands and post that we will be in a better position to take a call because you do not really want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar. So we would like to wait and assess him,” Sanjay Bangar said.
“As far as batting order goes, KL Rahul moves up at the top of the order and there are various options that the team management can utilize going into the next game. Obviously, Vijay Shankar is going to be an option and there are a couple of others as well,” he said.
When asked how challenging it is to open the innings suddenly. Sanjay Bangar said
“The advantages of playing in various situations, is that you understand the game a lot better. If you are batting in the middle order and suddenly you go and bat in the top order, then you know how challenging it can be, wherein you need to negotiate two new balls, but you also understand that there are all these boundary opportunities.”
“So if a player is able to do that — and if you look across the history of the game, players have been very versatile, and here if you take (example of) his namesake Rahul Dravid back at the various positions, actually, it helped the team big time,” he added.
“So if you are a top-order (batsman) and you get to bat in the middle order, then you get to know the challenges faced by the middle order,” Sanjay Bangar further added.