The Indian dressing room must be a worried one after Rishabh Pant suffered a nasty blow on his arm while batting on day three of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The southpaw was batting in good rhythm before suffering the blow and was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood soon.
Pat Cummins’ strategy against Rishabh Pant was very clear with the second new ball. The Australia star came from round the stumps and bowled close to the wicketkeeper-batsman’s body. And one of those deliveries ended up hitting him right on his elbow. 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 came running out 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.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 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.
Talking about the game, India were on 210 for 7 at the time of writing this report. Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini were batting in the middle. India were on 194 for 4 at one stage before Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin departed in quick succession. Earlier in the game, Australia scored 338 in their first innings.
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