Why Rishabh Pant left field on Day 6 of World Test Championship final?

Wriddhiman Saha, who was not part of India’s playing XI, kept wickets for three overs during the match.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 24 June 2021 12:10 am

With New Zealand looking set to clinch the ICC World Test Championship final against India, for a while it looked like that wasn’t going to be the only sad news coming India’s way. Notably, a key member of the India’s playing XI left midway during the final innings of the Test match which has raised the heartbeats of the Indian cricket fans who are hoping that the player is fine ahead of a long season. The player happens to be Rishabh Pant, who wasn’t feeling quite well, and left the ground after 28 overs of the fourth innings.

Consequently, Wriddhiman Saha, who was not part of India’s playing XI, kept wickets for three overs during which he was absent. Although it is not clear why precisely he left the ground, he was reportedly feeling unwell and hence asked Saha to keep wickets for him. Notably, India had only picked two wicketkeepers in their squad and hence it wasn’t a no-brainer that Saha had to chip in, in case Pant required a backup.

Pant played a crucial knock of 41 in India’s second innings

Earlier, Pant played a crucial knock of 41 runs in the second Indian innings which turned out to be the highest score by an Indian batter in that innings as the Men in Blue were bowled out for 170. Moreover, he also contributed with a stumping first up to dismiss opener Tom Latham. However, all these efforts appear to be going in vain as New Zealand are in a commanding position, needing 50 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand.