Pant, who missed the inaugural ODI in the same location, was inducted into India’s XI as a replacement for the injured Shreyas Iyer.
Iyer sustained a shoulder injury when the opening game lineup was excluded from the rest of the ODI three-game series. The highest-order right-handed batsman from Mumbai will be re-examined next week, and the surgery date will be set afterwards.
“While it is confirmed that he would have an operation, Shreyas would be examined by the surgeon next week and the date of the operation set after that. The operation would take place in about 10 to 14 days,” the ANI reported. While Iyer’s decision to have surgery means he’ll miss the 2021 IPL, the batsman has vowed to come back stronger.
In the absence of Iyer, Pant – who has had a sensational year with the bat so far – would try to take the chance he has. In the previous game, KL Rahul was preferred by the team management Pant as a wicketkeeper batsman. Rahul hit a quick half century and his century stand with Krunal Pandya helped the hosts put a decent sum on the board.
Rahul was also good with the gloves in the game and the team didn’t feel that there was no regular glove maker.
England, on the other hand, made three changes to their XI game by adding Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone and Reece Topley to the team. Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone replaced the injured Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings. Topley replaced the pacemaker Mark Wood on the side.
Here are the XIs of both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (week), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid and Reece Topley.
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