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Rishabh Pant makes WC debut

1 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rishabh Pant replaced Vijay Shankar in the India playing XI and he will be making his World Cup debut in the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter against England in Birmingham on Sunday, reports

Pant was included in the India squad after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of World Cup with a thumb injury. Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on June 9.

England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat against India.

“Never a problem.. Love chasing. But honestly we would have batted first today. We haven’t chased after the first game in the tournament, so it’s a good challenge for us. We haven’t really focused on the opposition in this tournament, that’s why we have been consistent. We do have one change. Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant is in. He brings in a lot of fearlessness. There is a small boundary for him to play for. Once he gets to 20, then it’s a different ball game. To be honest I haven’t seen what’s been happening outside. But I do believe the Pakistani fans will be supporting us, which is a rare thing (smiles), Kohli said after the toss”