Rishabh Pant battered out of Australia v India SCG Test after Pat Cummins delivery

India’s injury-cursed tour of Australia has continued at the SCG, where Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were both rushed off for scans.

Substitute fielder Wriddhiman Saha has taken the gloves after Pat Cummins inflicted a painful blow to the elbow of Pant some three weeks after ending Mohammed Shami’s series.

India wicketkeeper Pant was hit by a Cummins thunderbolt while batting on day three of the third Test.

Pant looked apprehensive during the rest of his innings and, soon after the injury scare, gave David Warner some catching practice at first slip.

Saha, whose glovework is superior to Pant’s, was behind the stumps at the start of Australia’s second innings.

The laws of the game changed in 2017, allowing sub fielders to serve as keeper if a team’s stumper is genuinely injured.

Jadeja, who was hit on the gloves by a Mitchell Starc bouncer during Saturday’s brutal second session, started to warm up after the change of innings but failed to take the field.

The setbacks come after Shami (broken arm) and Umesh Yadav (calf strain) returned home because of injuries.

The absence of skipper Virat Kohli (paternity leave) and veteran quick Ishant Sharma (side strain) has also tested India’‘s depth.

Pant was in obvious discomfort while being assessed but opted to bat on after taking a painkilling tablet.

Both umpires walked over to Pant during the delay, which spanned over six minutes, to check whether he would be OK to continue batting.

Tim Paine tapped his wrist at one stage of the interruption, keen for play to resume.

The batsman’s left arm was heavily strapped after the injury scare.

Rishabh Pant has been bumped out of the Test match for the time being. Credit: Getty

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