India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha copped a nasty blow to his finger on Day 3 of the third and final Test against South Africa at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Monday. The incident occurred during the 27th over of South Africa’s second innings. Saha was immediately replaced by young India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who has been on the sidelines during the Test series. As he made his way out in the middle, Pant received a huge ovation from the crowd at Ranchi. Chants of ‘Rishabh, Rishabh’ reverberated across the stadium.
Here is the video that will give you a glimpse of the sporting nature of fans in Ranchi:
“Wriddhiman Saha has been replaced by Rishabh Pant who has taken a blow right on the end of the gloves,” a BCCI tweet said.
Saha has been in brilliant form behind the stumps during the series, especially in the second Test in Pune where he took a couple of excellent catches. The Bengal stumper has previously been out of the team due to a long injury layoff.
The visitors are on the brink of another embarrassing defeat as they got bowled out for a mere 162 in their first innings in reply to India’s 497/9 declared. In the second innings, the Proteas are in trouble trouble having lost eight wickets when stumps were drawn on the third day.