The Wankhede Stadium was in a state of shock when they witnessed KL Rahul coming out with the wicket-keeping gloves on ahead of Rishabh Pant during the first ODI between India and Australia in Mumbai. Why did Rahul keep wickets despite the presence of Pant?
Meanwhile, from the first sight, it looked like that management was experimenting Rahul as the keeper amidst Pant’s constant failure. After promoting KL Rahul to No.3 in the batting order, many thought it was a tactic to accommodate the stylish Karnataka batsman in the playing XI. Notably, it has been difficult for the management to give Rahul a place in the playing XI with the presence of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Thus, it prompted skipper Virat Kohli to bat at No. 4 which backfired severely in Mumbai.
But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an official tweet revealed the original reason behind KL Rahul donning the wicket-keeping gloves. In a statement, the apex body stated that Rishabh Pant suffered a concussion while batting, which forced Rahul to take up the job. The southpaw copped up the blow while top-edging one to his helmet off Pat Cummins.
“Update: Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS,” BCCI wrote on Twitter.
Update: Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/JkVElMacQc
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020