Following the end of Day 4, Ravichandran Ashwin has confirmed that Rishabh Pant will walk out to bat on Day five of the Sydney Test between India and Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman suffered a blow while batting on Day 3 of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India are currently down with 10 batsmen ahead of Day 5 as Ravindra Jadeja having fractured his thumb after having coped a nasty blow on his thumb off the bowling of Mitchell Starc’s fierce bouncer of Day 2. Jadeja didn’t take the field as he was taken for scans where it was revealed that he has dislocated and fractured his thumb which is why he will take no further part in the Test series against Australia.
Ravichandran Ashwin Confirms Rishabh Pant Will Bat On Day 5
Likewise, Rishabh Pant too didn’t take the field as Wriddhiman Saha took over the keeping duties for Team India where Saha inflicted four dismissals with the gloves. Though Ravichandran Ashwin has now confirmed in the press conference at the conclusion of Day 4 that Rishabh Pant will walk out to bat on Day 5 despite the injury being serious.
Just before Australia declared with a lead in excess of 400, Mohammed Siraj complained about racial abuse from the SCG stands. Siraj was quick to notify skipper Ajinkya Rahane and on-field umpires. A group of four boys and a couple were then removed from the stands with the help of the police. After which Cricket Australia released an official statement post the racial abuse against Mohammed Siraj.
Ravi Ashwin (in Press) said "Rishabh Pant will bat in the 4th innings".
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India ended day 4 at 98/2 with skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease after having lost both openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill after registering India’s best opening partnership in the Test Series. Shubman Gill was dismissed for 31 after edging one past to Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood whereas Rohit Sharma was dismissed after scoring his first overseas fifty as an opener as he was caught at deep fine leg whilst attempting a pull shot off the bowling of Pat Cummins.