RAJKOT: India's wicketkeeper and batsman Rishabh Pant will not be playing the 2nd match of ongoing India vs Australia ODI series. The 22-year-old has been diagnosed with a concussion and thus will not travel with Team India to Rajkot for the match.
While the team will be in Rajkot to prep up for the 2nd ODI match, Pant will be traveling to Bengaluru for rehabilitation as per the standard concussion protocols.
While the Delhi-based cricketer is ruled out from the second match, it will totally depend on his recovery whether he will play in the final match of the series. BCCI said in a statement, "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."
It was in the 44th over of the first ODI match in Mumbai when Pat Cummins's bouncer struck his helmet which ultimately led to a concussion. The incident also resulted in his wicket and disallowed him to play the second innings of the match. It was then KL Rahul who took the responsibility as a wicketkeeper whereas Manish Pandey came on to the field.
"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," BCCI said further.
India faced a crushing defeat from the visitors as they won by 10 wickets. They only managed to score a total of 255 runs after the Australian team sent them to bat first. The openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch were enough to successfully chase the score in just 37.4 overs.
The next ODI match will be held on 17th January at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. We are hopeful of team India making a smashing comeback.