Rishabh Pant’s situation is becoming worse. A back issue has kept Pant out of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh following his disastrous performance with the bat in New Zealand. He was instantly dropped from the ODI team and won’t be playing any further in the series.
The most puzzling aspect is why Pant went to Bangladesh if he had been hurt in New Zealand. Why did the team management require his attendance, exactly? Even the BCCI is angry about these inquiries.
As per reports, InsideSport has learned that a top BCCI official even formally verified with the team management on Pant’s FITNESS after seeing him struggling with his back during the New Zealand tour.
BCCI Unhappy With Indian Team Management Over Rishabh Pant Controversy
The team management responded, “All is well with the Indian Wicket-Keeper,” the official informed InsideSport. For this reason, the board approved Pant’s flight to Bangladesh. Again this morning, Pant’s inability to participate in today’s field activities was brought up to the board.
Unhappy, he immediately made the decision to remove his name from the team for the ODI Series with the accompanying RELEASE.
What exactly took place? Rishabh Pant, a wicketkeeper-batsman, was not included in the starting lineup for the first ODI against Bangladesh for a short time after the list was released.
Pant has been disqualified from the three-match ODI series and is being monitored by a doctor, according to a statement the BCCI posted on its Twitter account. There isn’t a successor in place right now.
The third One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch provided the first indication of Rishabh Pant’s back ailment. Rishabh Pant was seen seeking medical attention for his damaged back after being cheaply fired.
Although the injury’s specifics are unknown, it undoubtedly casts questions on the BCCI’s medical staff’s effectiveness. Was Sanju Samson, who was asked to return home following the New Zealand tour, being replaced by an injured goalkeeper?
In consultation with the BCCI Medical Team, Rishabh Pant has been released from the ODI squad. He will join the team ahead of the Test series. No replacement has been sought
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2022
The performance of Rishabh Pant has also been lacking. Only 31 runs from two innings against New Zealand were all he could muster. Experts and former cricket players are now debating his place in the team as a result of this.
With Sanju Samson waiting in the wings, according to former Indian opener Kris Srikkanth, Pant needs to be given a rest in the white-ball forms.
“Perhaps you should give Pant a break and urge him to “just wait a bit, come and play in India” because they haven’t treated him well. Are you going to remove him after one or two games or will you wait until he has played in a few games?” According to Srikkanth’s YouTube account.
Rishabh’s path ahead becomes more difficult.
Pant’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for him, with players like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan waiting in the wings. India is eagerly anticipating the 2023 World Cup. In addition, because of Pant’s difficulties in ODI cricket, the new group of selectors, who are expected to be chosen soon, might not support him.
The World Cup is only 21 matches away, so the selection committee may bet on Samson and try to give him plenty of opportunity before the major competition.