After being named as one of two designated standbys in India's Cricket World Cup 2019 outfit, Rishabh Pant will be hoping to make his appearance in the ongoing tournament held in England and Wales. The 21-year-old has been reportedly called up to fill in the void left by the injured Shikhar Dhawan (not as a replacement). Also, his call up has sent social media spiralling down into the abyss of humorous banter and memes.
The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman was slotted with Ambati Rayudu as the two designated standbys.
It is highly probable that KL Rahul will fill in the void left by Dhawan, partnering Rohit Sharma. It was earlier revealed that the left-handed batsman would undergo precautionary scans to determine the extent of injury on his swollen left thumb.
Dhawan received the injury during India's win over Australia in the competition. He played through the pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.
After the scans, physio Patrick Farhart took the call to not use Dhawan for three weeks. The Delhi Capitals player could be back before the Bangladesh fixture.
After Dhawan's injury made the news, it was revealed that legends like Sunil Gavaskar prefered the Delhi lad, while Gautam Gambhir wanted Rayudu to fill in for Dhawan.
Here are the hilarious reactions to Pant's call up:
Rishabh Pant after hearing about Shikhar Dhawan's injury pic.twitter.com/6IrPsWFkCG— Sir Yuzvendra (@SirYuzvendra) June 11, 2019
The memes range from Akshay Kumar to Game of Thrones, and more berserk images are expected to traffic Twitter today! Pant made his India debut on February 1, 2017; at the age of 19 years, 120 days. Will he make his World Cup debut, or will just be a bench warmer?