India vs Australia: KS Bharat Roped In As Cover For Injured Rishabh Pant

Updated: 17 January 2020 13:47 IST

Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet while batting in the first ODI in Mumbai and was ruled out of the game in Rajkot.

India vs Australia: KS Bharat Roped In As Cover For Injured Rishabh Pant
KS Bharat has joined Team India as cover for the injured Rishabh Pant. © Twitter

Andhra Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat was on Friday called in as back-up for Rishabh Pant, who was ruled out of India's second ODI against Australia due to a concussion. The 26-year-old Bharat is uncapped and has an experience of 74 first-class matches with 4143 runs. He has a strike rate of over 100 in T20s. 

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named KS Bharat as the back-up wicket-keeper for the 2nd ODI in Rajkot against Australia," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement. 

"With Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan being a part of the India A side in New Zealand, the selection committee decided to name KS Bharat as back-up wicket-keeper," he added. 

The call was taken after Pant flew to Bengaluru to undergo his rehabilitation in the National Cricket Academy. 

The wicket-keeper batsman was hit on the helmet while batting in the first ODI in Mumbai and was ruled out of the game in Rajkot on Friday. 

"His recovery is being monitored and a call on his availability for the final ODI in Bengaluru will be taken accordingly," the BCCI said.

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Highlights
  • KS Bharat joined Team India as cover for Rishabh Pant
  • Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet during the first ODI in Mumbai
  • India suffered a 10-wicket loss to Australia in the ODI series opener
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