The severity of the ligament damage sustained by Rishabh Pant in the horrible vehicle accident he was involved in is not yet known; but, if sources close to the BCCI are to be believed, he will not be participating in the next four-Test series against Australia.
As a result, one of the most difficult tasks facing the new selection committee will be to choose two keepers who can also bat for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Pant’s absence from competitive cricket could be a prolonged one, but it is too soon to even zero in on a date at this point in time. Because of this, selecting two keepers who can also bat will be one of the most difficult tasks.
When the Test series begins on February 9 in Nagpur, 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 Ishan Kishan for the Indian Test wicketkeeper’s slot. Pant’s current understudy Kona Bharat is India A’s second keeper. Upendra Yadav is India A’s second keeper.
The young man, who was 25 years old at the time, was driving from Delhi to Rourkee on Friday morning when he lost control of his Mercedes automobile and crashed into the divider close to Mohammadpur Jat in the Manglaur district.
He was initially brought to a medical institution in the immediate area, but he is currently receiving treatment for multiple injuries at Max Dehradun.
Although the X-ray and CT scan reports excluded the possibility of any fractures, head or spinal injuries, the many ligament tears in his knee and ankle will undoubtedly keep him out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Depending on the severity of the ligament tear, the recovery time could range anywhere from two months to six months.
“Due to the significant edoema that he has, an MRI of his ankle and knee has not yet been performed. When he is in a situation where he is able to travel, he will make his way to Mumbai, where he would be treated by the board’s panel physician, Dinshaw Pardiwala “PTI was told by a source affiliated with BCCI, who requested anonymity.
The newly formed selecting committee will essentially have three options to choose from. The two goalkeepers from India A, Bharat and Upendra, are automatically promoted to the main squad. A swashbuckling left-hander like Kishan also has a chance of making the cut.
In the case of Sanju Samson and Kishan, neither player kept in the Ranji Trophy competition for their respective states of Kerala and Jharkhand.
Although Bharat is the second keeper on the Test team, there is a chance that he might make his debut in Nagpur. However, Upendra offers a far more complete package than Bharat does. His batting average is above 45, and he is a terrific keeper as well as a clean hitter.
Pant, on the other hand, possesses an X-factor that neither Bharat nor Upendra does, despite the fact that both of them are talented performers.
Ishan or Sanju are better choices because they are already accustomed to the stress of playing international cricket; yet, both will now regret giving the big gloves to Kumar Kushagra and Ponnan Rahul, respectively.