The extent of Rishabh Pant’s ligament tear after the horrific car accident is yet to be known but if BCCI sources are to be believed, he will be ruled out of the upcoming four-Test series against Australia. Pant’s absence from competitive cricket could be prolonged and it is too early to zero in on a date at this point of time, and hence, one of the biggest challenges for the new selection committee will be to select two wicketkeeper-batsmen. For the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The Indian Test wicketkeeper’s spot has now suddenly been lifted and it could be an interesting three-horse race between Pant’s current player Kona Bharat, India A’s second wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav and white-ball specialist Ishan Kishan when Nagpur Test series will start in From 9 February.
A 25-year-old youth lost control of his Mercedes car while traveling from Delhi to Roorkee on Friday morning and crashed into the divider near Mohammadpur Jat in Mangalore area. He was first taken to a local medical facility but is now being treated for multiple injuries at Max Dehradun.
While X-ray and CT scan reports have ruled out any fractures, brain or spinal cord injury, tearing multiple ligaments in his knee and ankle will certainly keep him out for an extensive period. This can be anywhere between two to six months, depending on the grade of the ligament tear.
A BCCI source told PTI, “He has a lot of swelling so MRI of ankle and knee is yet to be done. condition of anonymity.
The new selection committee will effectively have three options. India A’s two wicket-keepers Bharat and Upendra get straight into the main squad or a flamboyant left-hander like Kishan could make it.
In the case of Sanju Samson and Kishan, both did not feature in the Ranji Trophy for Kerala and Jharkhand respectively.
Technically, Bharat can make his Nagpur debut by virtue of being the Test team’s second wicket-keeper, but as a package, Upender is far better. He is a good keeper and clean hitter with an average of 45 plus.
However, in Pant’s case, there is an X-factor that Bharat or Upendra do not have despite performing well.
Ishan or Sanju are already better choices to handle 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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