Rishabh Pant will not be traveling along with team India for the second ODI match against Australia after being diagnosed with a concussion. The 22-year old will stay under observation in Mumbai while the rest of the Indian team will fly down to Rajkot.
Pant suffered a nasty blow on his helmet by a bouncer bowled by Pat Cummins in the 44th over of the game. This threatening delivery not only resulted in Pant’s wicket but also forced him to stay away from the field for the second half of the game.
Manish Pandey came in as an on filed replacement for Pant, forcing KL Rahul to take on the wicket-keeping gloves.
On the updates regarding the young cricketer’s injury, a BCCI official said, “Rishabh Pant will not be travelling to Rajkot today with other members. He will join the team later.”
He further added, “Normally 24 hours is the time to keep someone who has suffered a concussion under observation.” This statement also raises the question that will Pant be available for selection or rested in the next game.
After being asked by the Aussies to bat first, team India scored a total of 255 runs by losing all of its wickets. In this innings, Pant contributed 28 runs off 33 balls before falling prey to Cummin’s bouncer.
The first ODI resulted in Australia easily chasing down the given target of 255 runs, whilst keeping all of their 10 wickets intact. Thus, the Kangaroos have taken the lead of 1-0 in the three-match series.