Cricket - Featured - January 15, 2020

Pant will not travel to Rajkot due to concussion

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will not travel to Rajkot with team India for the second ODI. Due to being diagnosed with concussion, Pant will not travel with the team for the next game against Australia. He did not take the field in the second innings of the first ODI. He was hit on the helmet while batting and therefore remains under observation. 

Rishabh Pant will not be travelling to Rajkot today with other members. He will join the team later,” a BCCI source told PTI. “Normally 24 hours is the time to keep someone who has suffered concussion under observation,” he added. 

It will be interesting to see whether Pant will be available for selection. He might as well be rested for the second ODI. 

Pant was struck by a bouncer off Pat Cummins on his helmet. This incident happened in the 44th over that also resulted in his wicket. As a result, KL Rahul took the gloves as India came on to field in the second innings. On Tuesday night, the BCCI gave a statement that Pant is under observation. It also said that he would be monitored overnight. 

India seemed to be in a decent position with Shikhar and Rahul at the crease. However, the trouble began once they were dismissed. Skipper Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer soon followed as India collapsed. In such a scenario, Pant scored a valuable 28 runs that helped India cross the 250 mark. Manish Pandey came in as an on-field replacement for Pant while Rahul kept wickets. 

Australia trashed India by 10-wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. This win is also their biggest against India as they also had 74 balls to spare. 

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