India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – Rishabh Pant Ruled Out From Rajkot ODI
The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is ruled out of the upcoming Rajkot ODI against Australia due to failing to recover from the concussion injury which he suffered in the previous ODI at Mumbai.
On last Tuesday (14th January), India and Australia played the opening game of the three-match ODI series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). During the first innings of that game, when Rishabh Pant was dismissed, he got a hard hit on his helmet. Facing the short delivery of Australian pacer Pat Cummins, Pant hurried to play a pull shot but failed to handle that, and a thick edge hit on his helmet and then travelled to the point where Ashton Turner took the catch comfortably.
The 22-year-old Rishabh Pant didn’t come on the field in the second innings of that game. KL Rahul kept the wicket in the entire innings of that game while the BCCI updated that Pant was under the observation.
Update: Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/JkVElMacQc
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020
Rishabh Pant is stable and all his scan reports are clear
Later, Rishabh Pant was taken to the hospital where he was under the observation of a specialist. While he is now stable, his scan reports are also clear.
But the youngster Rishabh Pant has still failed to recover from that blow. So, he is ruled out of the second ODI of this India-Australia series that will be played on this Friday (17th January) at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot).
Rishabh Pant will now present at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru where he has to undergo the rehabilitation process. Its result will clarify whether he will be available for the third and final ODI of the India-Australia series or not. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru) will host this ODI on this Sunday (19th January).
The BCCI statement claimed, “After getting hit on his helmet while batting in the 1st ODI, Rishabh got a concussion and took no further part in the game. He was then taken to the hospital for overnight monitoring under a specialist.
“He is stable and all his scan reports are clear. He has been discharged from the hospital and will head to NCA, Bengaluru to undergo his rehabilitation protocol.”
“He (Pant) is ruled out of the 2nd ODI. His availability for the final ODI will be based on how he responds during the rehabilitation protocol.”
Before the injury, Rishabh Pant played a crucial knock in the Mumbai ODI against Australia. While the team was struggling on 164/5, he had a 49-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket. The left-handed batsman Pant was dismissed after scoring 28 runs off 33 balls (2 fours and only six). While India were bowled out for 255 runs (49.1 overs), the visitors Australia chased down that target in 37.4 overs without losing any wicket.
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