Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been ruled out of the second ODI at Rajkot pertaining to a concussion concern developed in the first ODI in Mumbai. As a result, Rishabh will not travel with the Indian team to Rajkot for the second ODI but will instead undergo a rehabilitation protocol at the NCA in Bengaluru.
Pant coped a blow while batting in the opening fixture at Wankhede stadium. He was hit by a steep bouncer of Pat Cummins as he failed to control the ball which ricocheted off his bat and thudded into his helmet before it was caught inside the 30-yard circle.
Pant scored a 33-ball 28 as his demise arrived at an untimely situation that made situation even worse for the hosts as they failed to put up a reasonable total on the board.
The keeper didn’t take any further part in the match as he was assessed during the second innings while KL Rahul took the wicket-keeping gloves to replace the southpaw.
It is still not confirmed whether the Delhi keeper will be available for selection in the last ODI, as India stick to the same squad with no replacements being named for the remaining two games.
This means that Virat Kohli will have a task in hand to pick his best XI from the available bunch of 14 players for an all-important do-or-die encounter in the series. In Rishabh’s absence, KL Rahul will take the wicket-keeping gloves as far as second ODI in Rajkot is concerned.
India will desperately hope to bounce back in the series after losing the first ODI convincingly by ten wickets. It could be a major blow for the hosts as they lose their probable finisher in the playing XI. Pant’s ability to tonk the ball might have come handy on a ground like SCA where the pitch supports stroke-makers to take their chances.
India will feel the pressure and with series on the line, Kohli would hope to re-jig the batting order and play his best XI to take on the mighty Aussies and settle the score in Rajkot.
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