Reason why Rishab Pant did not come out to keep wickets for India

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The first game of the One Day International series between India and Australia is live atthe Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and the hosts have scored 255 runs in the first innings. However, the usual fielding lineup of Team India is different. The squad’s first choice wicketkeeper Rishab Pant has been out of the pitch in the second innings, after suffering a worrying bang on the head on the 22 yards. In his place, KL Rahul is on duty behind the stumps.

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In the 44th over, Rishab Pant was facing Aussie pacer Pat Cummins. In the second delivery of the over, Pant failed to make a proper contact with the ball, and it bounced from the edge of the bat, before hitting his helmet. The ball finally ended up in the hands of Ashton Turner, ending Pant’s score of 28.

The head on collission didn’t tremble the 22 year old at first, but he didn’t appear as Kohli and the squad got down on the field.

An official statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s official Twitter handle revealed the unfortunate news, and also added that Pant is under medical monitoring.

The statement read: “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.”

Pant’s knock of 28 came off of 33 balls, with 2 fours and 1 six. Whle he is being kept under watch, Manish Pandey has been substituted in his place for field duty.

Despite a disappointing start from Rohit Sharma, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was absolutely brilliant. In the middle of his invisible tussle with Rahul for the opening spot, the 34 year old scored a stunning 74 off 91, consisting of 9 fours and 1 six. Rahul, who came 1 down, missed his half century just by 3 runs.

Aussie opening duo David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch are currently batting on the pitch, while the Indian bowling squad have failed to pick up their wickets. As of this moment, Warner is on 82 off 70, and Finch has scored 79 off 86. They still need 80 runs to win from 24 overs.

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