India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant back in nets after injury scare, ‘will bat if needed’ in the second innings

Rishabh Pant was hit in the hand while batting in the second innings. According to sources, Pant will bat in the second innings.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

In a huge relief for the Indian side, Rishabh Pant was seen batting in the nets. Having been already reduced to 10 men after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with a thumb fracture, it looked like Pant might not bat in the second innings too. The young wicketkeeper was hit on the hand while batting in the first innings. And although he continued batting then, it looked like he might not bat again as Wriddhiman Saha filled in for him with gloves on.

But off late, Pant was seen hitting the nets after undergoing scans yesterday. Although not fully fit, reports suggest that he ‘will bat if needed‘ as India look to chase down the humongous total of 407. Pant was seen batting “with and without the strap over his elbow & arm” in a net session he had this morning. India are currently in a peculiar position having lost the openers in close intervals yet again this game.

Jadeja ruled out of the series

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

India‘s injury woes worsened yesterday as reports stated that all-rounder Jadeja has been ruled out for six weeks. What was initially thought of only as a dislocated thumb has now been reported to be a fracture as well and hence, Jadeja will miss the remainder of the Test series against Australia. The injury occurred when a bouncer from Mitchell Starc struck the thumb of his left and bowling hand.

Further, England’s tour of India is set to begin in February and Jadeja could miss the start of the same as well. The first Test is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad from February 5 onwards. The absence of the ace all-rounder could be a huge blow to India in both the series against Australia and England.

According to ANI, a source from the BCCI gave the update on Ravindra Jadeja’s injury saying, “He has a dislocation and fracture. He will be out for around 6 weeks and a specialist’s opinion will be taken to check if the all-rounder needs a surgery as is the procedure in such cases. A call on his availability for the England series can be taken only after the specialist checks on the thumb.”

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