Ready To Take That Game On

Virat Kohli

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Since both India and New Zealand were forced to split points, now India are set to take up the Pakistan challenge on Sunday.

"For Sunday, we know we're there when it comes to the mindset".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India did not reveal the extent of Dhawan´s injury, but said the left-hander will stay with the team after rumours he would have to be replaced.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team", said a BCCI statement.

"Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia", the statement added. The inclement English weather has now claimed four matches in this World Cup so far.

Kohli admitted that Indo-Pak matches could be intimidating.

Rishabh Pant has been called into the squad as cover but will not officially be added unless Dhawan fails to recover. "Even if he misses the England game, then he still has games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to get him ready for the knockout stages".

Gavaskar said wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik can open the innings with Rohit Sharma in Dhawan´s absence. The India captain, nontheless, said that the "excitement and frenzy" surrounding the match can be intimidating for those who have never been a part of the contest bit for Virat Kohli and Co "its about executing our skill and we are all professionals".

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