Rishabh Pant Set To Miss Australia Test Series, Three-Way Race For His Replacement: Report


Extent, limit Rishabh PantHis torn ligament following his horrific car accident is yet to be confirmed but if BCCI sources are to be believed, he may miss the upcoming four-Test series against Australia. Pant’s absence from competitive cricket is likely to be prolonged and it would be premature to go into the void even on a date at this point, and hence, one of the biggest challenges for the new selection committee will be to select two keeper-batsmen. For the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Indian Test wicketkeeper’s slot is now suddenly up for grabs and it could be an interesting three-horse race between Pant’s current boss Kona Bharat, India A’s second keeper. Upendra Yadav and white ball specialist, Ishan KishanThe Test series will start from February 9 in Nagpur.

The 25-year-old lost control of his Mercedes car and hit the divider near Mohammadpur Jat in Mangalore area while traveling from Delhi to Roorkee on Friday morning. He was initially taken to a local medical facility but is now being treated at Max Dehradun for multiple injuries.

Although X-rays and CT scan reports ruled out any fractures, brain or spinal cord injuries, tearing multiple ligaments in his knee and ankle will surely keep him out for a long time. This can be anywhere from two to six months, depending on the grade of the ligament tear.

“He has extensive swelling so an ankle and knee MRI is pending. Once he is fit enough to travel, he will come to Mumbai where he will be under board-registered doctor Dinash Pardiwala,” a BCCI source told PTI. Condition of anonymity.

The new selection committee will effectively have three choices. The two India A keepers Bharat and Upendra go straight into the main squad or a dashing left-armer like Kishan can cut in.

about it Sanju Samson and Kishan, both uncapped in the Ranji Trophy for Kerala and Jharkhand respectively.

Technically, Bharath could make his debut in Nagpur as the Test team’s second keeper but Upendra is much better as a package. He is a good keeper and clean hitter with a 45 plus average.

However, in Pant’s case, there is an X-factor that Bharat or Upendra, despite being good performers, do not possess.

Ishan or Sanju are better choices to handle the pressure of international cricket already, but both will regret handing over the big gloves now. Kumar Kushagra and Ponnan Rahul, respectively.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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