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Weight Issues Could Keep Rishabh Pant Out Of Team India For Australia Tour

Rishabh Pant is not part of the ODI and T20 squad for the series against Australia.

Rishabh Pant hasn’t been at his best during the ongoing IPL 2020 season playing for Delhi Capitals. The wicket-keeper got injured during the season but even after returning, he was below par with his performances. Recently a lot of questions has been raised regarding his weight issues. Now, this could potentially become the reason of him not being a part of the Indian side for the Australian tour.

The selection committed led by Sunil Joshi are expected to announce the Indian squad for all formats later today (October 26). Rishabh Pant who was terrific in the Test series in Australia in the last tour could be dropped because of his average fitness.

Rishabh Pant Is Found To Be Overweight

As per The Times of India report, the 23-year-old could lose his place in the national squad for the big upcoming tour. Team India’s fitness Trainer Nick Webb has had a word with Pant and he is found to be ‘overweight’.

Since Virat Kohli has taken the reins of captaincy, team India has been very strict when it comes to the overall fitness of each player. A mandatory yo-yo test is conducted and players have to clear it to be in the India squad. Now before the final decision, the BCCI and selectors will have a look at the fitness report of Pant and inquire with India’s fitness trainer then conclude.

“The Indian team fitness trainer had shared his perspective on Pant some days ago and we believe he’s overweight. Regardless of what’s obvious on the field, the BCCI and the selectors will have to consider the fitness report on Pant before they can pick him. The selectors need to speak to trainer Nick Webb before taking the call,” a source told TOI.

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Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has played as a first choice wicketkeeper in India test squad on away tours since 2018. Wriddhiman Saha could get an opportunity if Pant fails to make the cut. In ODIs and T20Is, KL Rahul is expected to be the wicket-keeper batsman considering his prolific form in the last few years.

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