The ongoing fourth England vs India Test is fast turning out to be a forgettable one for Rishabh Pant. Just a few days ago, Pant was all over the news for all the right reasons.
Pant made his Test debut in the third match, replacing out-of-form first choice Dinesh Karthik and had a good game behind the stumps. The 20-year-old took seven catches and made 24 and 2 with the bat. In a stunning display of confidence the left-handed batsman hit a six off just his second ball in Test cricket, off Adil Rashid.
But he is having a tough outing in the ongoing game. He conceded 23 byes in the first innings and was out for a 29-ball duck.
And the game turned from bad to worse for Pant as he vomited on the outfield after a ball from Ravichandran Ashwin turned and bounced sharply, hitting him in the throat. He soon kneeled over and threw up as a concerned team physio stood over him. The incident occurred in the 77th over.
Ashwin bowled a sharp turning delivery to Sam Curran. The ball beat the outside edge of Curran and took off. And due to the awkward bounce, Pant failed to grab it and ended up taking a blow on his neck. But thankfully for India, Pant was able to carry on with his duties behind the stumps.
Here is a clip showing how he took the blow:
Pant gets a snorter from Ashwin https://t.co/aDRg1a5TAH
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Meanwhile, England enjoyed quite a good day at office on Saturday. They were in a spot of bother on several occasions but managed to end the day on a high. They lost two wickets quickly with just 33 runs on the board before Joe Root and Keaton Jennings steadied the ship with a 50-run stand.
England suffered another collapse and found themselves five down for just 122. However, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes revived the innings with a 56-run stand. Ashwin broke the stand by dismissing Stokes for 30. Buttler, however, went on to compile a fine fifty and share a 55-run stand with Sam Curran to bat England to a position of strength.
At stumps, England were 260 for 8, leading India by 233 runs.