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

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

The extent of Rishabh PantsTorn ligament after his horrific car crash is yet to be determined but if BCCI sources are to believe he is set to miss the next set of four Tests against Australia. Pant’s absence from competitive cricket could be prolonged and it would even be premature to focus on a date at this stage, and therefore one of the biggest challenges for the new selection committee will be selecting the two goalkeepers- drummers. for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Indian Test wicket-keeper spot is now suddenly up for grabs and it could be an interesting three-horse race between Pant’s current understudy, Kona Bharat, India A’s second keeper. Upendra Yadav and white ball specialist, Ichan Kishanwhen the Test series starts in Nagpur from February 9.

The 25-year-old lost control of his Mercedes car while driving from Delhi to Rourkee on Friday morning and hit the wall near Mohammadpur Jat in Manglaur region. He was initially rushed to a local medical facility but is currently being treated at Max Dehradun for multiple injuries.

While X-ray and CT scan reports have ruled out any fractures, brain or spinal injuries, the multiple ligament tear in his knee and ankle will certainly keep him sidelined for a long time. This can take between two and six months depending on the degree of tearing of the ligament.

“He has severe swelling so MRI of ankle and knee has not yet been done. Once he is fit enough to travel, he will come to Mumbai where he will be under the guidance of the registered doctor. of the board, Dinshaw Pardiwala,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The new selection committee will effectively have three choices. India A’s two goalkeepers, Bharat and Upendra, are straight into the main squad or a dashing southpaw like Kishan could make the cut.

In the case of Sanju Samson and Kishan both failed to retain the Ranji trophy for Kerala and Jharkhand respectively.

Technically, Bharat being the second Test team keeper could make his Nagpur debut but overall Upendra is much better. He is a good goaltender and clean hitter with an average of 45 plus.

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

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

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