The much-awaited Indian squad for the upcoming tour of Australia will be selected today [October 26] by the national selection committee. And, while the fixtures of the long tour are not yet announced, it is almost certain that the Viraf Kohli-led outfit will carry a jumbo squad for the rubber that will consist of six white-ball Internationals and a four-match Test series.
And, while several players may miss out on selection due to present form or injury, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could miss out for a different reason altogether.
According to a report published in Times of India, Team India’s fitness trainer met Rishabh Pant recently and the report is that the Delhi swashbuckler is currently overweight.
“The Indian team fitness trainer had shared his perspective on Pant some days ago and we believe he’s overweight. Regardless of what’s obvious on the field, the BCCI and the selectors will have to consider the fitness report on Pant before they can pick him. The selectors need to speak to trainer Nick Webb before taking the call,” a source told TOI.
If selected, Pant is unlikely to find a place in the white-ball internationals playing XI, with KL Rahul having sealed his place as the 1st choice wicketkeeper-batsman.
In the case of Test matches, Rishabh Pant haa an edge over Wridhimann Saha. In the past 1-1.5 years, Team India has opted to play Pant in overseas Tests since his batting provides them a much-needed depth in the batting unit.
The last time the Indian team traveled to Australia, Rishabh Pant has a breakout tour as he ended up as the second-highest run-scorers for the visitors in what a triumphant tour.