Rishabh Pant couldn’t take the field to keep wickets for India in the second innings after getting hit on the helmet by a Pat Cummins bouncer while batting in the Mumbai ODI on Tuesday.
KL Rahul has kept wickets for India before in T20 cricket (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the 44th over of India’s innings
- Pant has been kept under observation after suffering a concussion, the BCCI confirmed
- India were bowled out for 255 in the 1st ODI by Australia after Aaron Finch elected to field first
Batsman KL Rahul has been given the additional job of keeping wickets for India after Rishabh Pant copped a blow on the helmet while batting and had to seek treatment during the innings break in the ongoing first ODI against Australia in Mumbai on Tuesday.
This is the first time Rahul is wicketkeeping for India even though he does the job regularly for his IPL team Kings XI Punjab.
Pant got hit on the helmet by a Pat Cummins bouncer, which also led to his dismissal for 28 in the 44th over of India’s innings.
India vs Australia, 1st ODI Live Score
Pant was looking to pull the third delivery of the over from Cummins but got beaten for pace. The ball hit the top-edge of his bat and then hit his helmet. The blow was so fierce that the ball flew towards point where Ashton Turner took an easy catch.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) later confirmed that Pant suffered a concussion due to the blow and has been put under observation. Manish Pandey took the field as a substitute for Pant.
“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,” the BCCI posted on Twitter.
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
India meanwhile, were bowled out for 255 in 49.1 overs with Mitchell Starc being the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies. Starc registered figures of 3 or 56 while Cummins and Kane Richardson took a couple of wickets each. Spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar also got a wicket each.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India with 74 off 91 balls while Rahul (41), Pant (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) also made useful contributions.
Captain Virat Kohli had to demote himself to No.4 to accommodate Rahul, who came out to bat at No.3, but the experiment didn’t exactly go according to plan for the hosts as Kohli fell for 16 to Zampa, right after hitting the leg-spinner for a six over the long leg fence.
But the total is still well below par and stopping the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith on a good batting track at the Wankhede stadium will be a big challenge for the Indian bowlers, especially with dew expected to play a part later in the evening.