Rishabh Pant may not be considered for selection for an Australian tour as per a report in the Times of India which stated that Team India’s fitness trainer had a meeting with Rishabh Pant where he was found overweight.
India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is unlikely to play against Australia and might not be picked for being overweight. This could be the factor that might keep him out of contention when selectors pick the team for the Australia tour in forthcoming weeks of October.
Rishabh Pant Is Overweight: Source
Rishabh Pant has played 13 Tests, 15 ODIs and 28 T20Is. In Tests, though he averages more than 40 though the average drops in T20I and ODI as he could not convert starts and got out at crucial times mostly giving away his wicket as he hasn’t scored a ton yet and scored only three fifties in the short formats.
“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,” stated a source as quoted by TOI.
Even if he is selected, it will be KL Rahul who will be doing the keeping in the limited-overs format which commences on November end. While in Test matches which begin later in December, Rishabh Pant can be preferred over Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha, but that depends whether the Uttarakhand-born cricketer is selected or not.
Rishabh Pant Will Be Given Tough Competition By Sanju Samson And Ishan Kishan
Rishabh Pant will be given close competition by the likes of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan, both of whom are having successful IPL. While Sanju Samson who plays for Rajasthan Royals has 326 runs in 12 matches averaging 29.64, Mumbai Indians keeper Ishan Kishan has 298 runs in 9 matches averaging 42.57.
The limited-overs series is likely to be held entirely in Sydney and Canberra which will be followed by a four-match Test series. The team will assemble in Dubai where the IPL is set to end on November 10. The strong contingent of probably 32 members will then take a flight from Dubai to Sydney for Down Under.