The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given an update on Rishabh Pant after the wicketkeeper-batsman was hit on his elbow while batting on day three of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Rishabh Pant’s participation in the remainder of the Test series has been thrown into doubt after he suffered the injury. He was hit on the elbow by a Pat Cummins short ball during India’s first innings on Saturday. On the fifth ball of the 85th over, Cummins bowled one which was short and well directed at Rishabh Pant’s body.
The ball, however, didn’t bounce as much as Rishabh Pant expected it to and it scooted under his bat. The ball went on to hit the elbow of his left hand, leaving him in great pain. The physio rushed in to his aid and applied a bandage around his elbow. Rishabh Pant resumed his batting but kept grimacing before being dismissed just two overs later. He departed after scoring 36.
And soon after India’s innings ended, the BCCI gave an update on the wicketkeeper. The Indian cricket board took to Twitter to announce that Rishabh Pant has been taken for scans. In his absence, Wriddhiman Saha took the field as the wicketkeeper.
“Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday. He has been taken for scans,” wrote the BCCI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 9, 2021
The Indian team-management will be hoping that the injury is not a serious one and Rishabh Pant remains available for the remainder of the series. Earlier in the series, Mohammed Shami was ruled out of action after suffering a similar injury while batting in the first Test in Adelaide. Incidentally, Pat Cummins was the bowler that time too. Scans had revealed the fast-bowler suffered a fracture in his forearm.
Meanwhile, India were all out for 244 in their first innings in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 338. Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill scored 50 each for the tourists. The four-match series is currently level at 1-1.
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