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Why KL Rahul kept wickets for India in the first ODI against Australia

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KL Rahul was the wicket-keeper for India instead of Rishabh Pant against Australia in the first ODI against Australia

Rishabh Pant didn’t have a great time while batting and was replaced by KL Rahul while keeping wickets.

The 22-year-old Pant made 28 from 33 balls and was out in an unlucky fashion. The keeper edged a ball onto his helmet and was caught out by Ashton Turner.

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KL Rahul scored a century against the West Indies in the second ODI (Image credit: Getty)

Pant could be seen checking out his helmet as he walked back to the pavilion.

When Australia came out to bat it was KL Rahul donning the gloves. Pant has had his problems while keeping in the past and this could have been an attempt to finalise a keeper for the future.

However, the commentators confirmed that Pant had suffered a concussion with the ball hitting his helmet.

Manish Pandey was brought onto the field as a concussion substitute as Pant was set to go through several tests.

The BCCI also posted an update on their Twitter account confirming the injury to the 22-year-old.

Pant needs to recover quick

The 22-year-old might be one of the most unluckiest players in the Indian team. He has the tough job of replacing MS Dhoni in the team, and that will not be easy under any circumstance.

Hopefully, the Indian keeper isn’t out for long and can play in the second ODI in a few days.

India have other options for the keeping slot with Sanju Samson waiting in the wings. Rahul could also stake a claim for the place if he does well in the coming games.

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Pant has also struggled with the bat in recent games, and it will be interesting to see what happens next regarding the keeper’s position.

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