India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is not going to travel along the team to Rajkot for the second ODI international between India and Australia. Although BCCI has not named a replacement for the wicket-keeper batsman. It is expected that like the first game KL Rahul will don the wicket-keeping gloves.
A BCCI source has confirmed that Rishabh Pant is under observation currently and will join the team after the second ODI only. FYI, Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet by a 140+ thunderbolt from Australian bowler Pat Cummins. No one in the field took that seriously at that point because the left-hander got an edge on to the helmet. And he was deemed out by the umpire after the catch was taken by the point fielder. Later, in the dressing room, Pant felt a little bit uncomfortable and was taken for the preliminary scans. After the reports, revealed that Pant has suffered concussion, KL took the wicket-keeping duties from the youngster and Manish Pandey served as the concussion substitute.
The BCCI source told PTI, “Rishabh Pant will not be traveling to Rajkot today with other members. He will join the team later. Normally 24 hours is the time to keep someone who has suffered concussion under observation.”
According to BCCI reports, Rishabh Pant was kept under the monitoring of a specialist whole night. He was discharged later in the morning after all his reports were clear. He will now go to National Cricket Academy for rehabilitation program.
Coming to the match, Rishabh Pant scored 28 runs from 33 balls before getting out to a bouncer, and was looking to finish the things on the high after the Indian middle order failed to deliver again. However, India could not post a challenging total on the board as they lost Pant and Jadeja in quick succession and were folded out for a below par 255 runs. On a flat deck, Indian bowlers also became ineffective as Australian opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch crushed India by 10 wickets.
With Australia 1-0 up in the series, the second will take place on 17 January at Rajkot.