Indian team’s batting coach Vikram Rathour said on Thursday that in the third Test match, Rishabh Pant was not aware that Steve Smith had erased his batting guard (mark at the crease). Rathore said that when the team came to know about the matter, it was raised in the media.
A video during the third Test match played in Sydney went viral on social media, in which Smith was seen erasing the batting guard from his shoes. Rishabh Pant was batting then.
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Rathore said, ‘We were not even aware of the case. After the match, we came to know about the news in the media. Pant did not come to know of this as a batsman. I don’t want to comment on it because it doesn’t matter. ‘
Eye on bumrah
Rathore also said that the strain in the abdominal muscles of Pesar Jaspreet Bumrah is being monitored, but after a growing number of injured players in the touring team, he signaled major changes for the final Test against Australia. The Indian team management will also not take the risk by feeding half-fit Bumrah as he wants to feed this fast bowler in the home series that starts against England on February 5, the decider of the World Test Championship.
Playing-XI will be known in the morning
Rathore said on the eve of the final match of the series, ‘The injury is still being monitored. Our medical staff is working with the players. I am not in a position to comment right now. We would like to give them as much time as we can and tomorrow morning (January 15) you will be able to know who will play in the Brisbane Test Playing XI.
Beautiful and Shardul are also competing
Rathore indicated that Washington was in the running to play both Sundar and Shardul Thakur, adding, “So we are again supporting our process and our players.”
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Pant or Saha, chance for both?
Asked if both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha would get a chance to play, he said, “There are still a lot of concerns about the injury to the players.” Keeping an eye on them and how they do in the rehab process, all these questions can only be answered tomorrow morning when we know who is going to play in the playing XI in this match.
No worries with smith
The 51-year-old former India opener said that Smith’s form did not bother the Indian team. He said, ‘We all know that he is a good player. Our bowlers are working on a plan against them and the rest of the batsmen. He scored a century in the last match, but we will stick to our strategy.
Steve Smith was seen removing the batting guard during Pant’s batting in the Sydney Test.