The Indian dressing room must be a worried one after Rishabh Pant suffered a nasty blow on his arm while batting on day three of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The southpaw was batting in good rhythm before suffering the blow and was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood soon.
Pat Cummins’ strategy against Rishabh Pant was very clear with the second new ball. The Australia star came from round the stumps and bowled close to the wicketkeeper-batsman’s body. And one of those deliveries ended up hitting him right on his elbow. On the fifth ball of the 85th over, Cummins bowled one which was short and well directed at Rishabh Pant’s body.
The ball, however, didn’t bounce as much as Rishabh Pant expected it to and it scooted under his bat. The ball went on to hit the elbow of his left hand, leaving him in great pain. The physio came running out and applied a bandage around his elbow. Rishabh Pant resumed his batting but kept grimacing before being dismissed just two overs later. He departed after scoring 36.
In more bad news to team India, in-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadejass was taken for scans, moments after his teammate and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was taken. The 32-year-old was injured when a Mitchell Starc short delivery injured his left thumbs. The southpaw continued batting after a brief break and returned unbeaten for 28.
The injured duo did not take the field when Australia openers arrived to kick start Australia’s 2nd innings. Wriddhiman Saha has donned the gloves in the absence of Pant, whereas, Mayank Agarwal is fielding in place of Jadeja.