Rishabh Pant won’t be a part of India’s second ODI against Australia on January 17 at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot. In the first game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, he developed concussion following which he didn’t keep wickets. Instead, KL Rahul donned the keeping gloves. Pant was hit on the helmet by a vicious bouncer from Pat Cummins that also led to the former’s dismissal.
The leather deflected off the helmet after a top-edge and Ashton Turner at backward point didn’t have any difficulty in catching the ball. Manish Pandey came in as Pant’s substitute during Australia’s run-chase. After Pant didn’t keep wickets, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dropped a tweet, stating that the southpaw was being kept ‘under observation’.
India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will miss the second ODI against Australia in Rajkot as he will undergo rehabilitation protocol at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after getting hit by a bouncer on Tuesday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that the player is “stable” and his “scan reports are clear.” “He is stable and all his scan reports are clear. He has been discharged from the hospital and will head to the NCA, Bengaluru, to undergo his rehabilitation protocol. He is ruled out of the 2nd ODI. His availability for the final ODI will be based on how he responds during the rehabilitation protocol,” said BCCI in a statement.
Pant was hit on his helmet by Australia pacer Pat Cummins while batting in the first ODI at Wankhede Stadium here. Pant got a concussion and took no further part in the game. He was then taken to the hospital for overnight monitoring under a specialist.
KL Rahul kept wickets for India in the absence of Pant. In 44th over,Rishabh Pant got hit on the helmet when he was trying to pull the bouncer.
In the first ODI, Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch’s centuries paved the way for the side to register an easy victory over India. Australia now lead the three-match series with a 1-0.The two teams will next lock horns in the second ODI at Rajkot on January 17.
India under severe pressure
India started 2020 on a grand note, beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in the three-match T20I series. However, the Men in Blue got a reality check after the pasting at the hands of Australia in the opening One Dayer. After being put in to bat first, the hosts were shot out for 255 on a decent batting strip at the iconic venue.
Shikhar Dhawan got 74 runs, but apart from that there wasn’t much contribution from the others. The run-chase turned out to be one-sided. Aaron Finch and David Warner scored tons to help the Aussies complete the chase with 74 balls to spare. The hosts have loads of homework to do going into the Rajkot ODI.