India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will not travel with the team to Rajkot, where the second ODI against Australia will take place. A BCCI source has confirmed that Pant will join the team later. Generally, a player who has suffered a concussion is kept under observation for 24 hours.
Rishabh Pant was head on the head by a fiery bouncer from Pat Cummins. The left-hander was looking to pull the ball and got the edge on to the helmet which was taken at point. Consequently, Pant didn’t keep the wicket in the Australian batting innings and KL Rahul was given the wicketkeeping reins.
If Pant fails to recover, Rahul will keep wickets.
“Rishabh Pant will not be traveling to Rajkot today with other members. He will join the team later,” a BCCI source told PTI.
“Normally 24 hours is the time to keep someone who has suffered concussion under observation,” he added.
Rishabh Pant scored 28 runs from 33 balls and added 49 runs with Ravindra Jadeja to help India stage a small fightback. Thus, India posted 255 runs but it turned out to be a below-par score as Australia dismantled India by 10 wickets and even had 74 balls to spare.
Meanwhile, no replacement has been named yet and if Rishabh Pant fails to recuperate for the second ODI, Rahul will don the gloves for the team as there is no Sanju Samson in the ODI side.
Rishabh Pant has been under the scanner for his recent performances as he has not been able to convert his chances. Pant has thus far disappointed with the bat but he has got the backing of the team management.
On the other hand, David Warner and Aaron Finch scored centuries to help Australia take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Warner and Finch added 258 runs for the opening stand as they smacked the Indian bowling.
The second ODI will take place on 17th January.