Rishabh Pant Replaces Wriddhiman Saha As Wicket-Keeper After Latter Gets Injured by R Ashwin's Delivery During India vs South Africa 3rd Test
Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant replaced Wriddhman Saha as India’s wicket-keeper for the remainder of Day 3 in third India vs South Africa Test match. Saha, who replaced Pant in the playing 11 of India vs South Africa Test Series 2019, played effectively behind the wickets in the first two Tests. Pant, who was in the T20I series against South Africa, was dropped after a few continuous out-of-form performances. However, Pant substituted Saha after the latter suffered a thumb injury on Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery during India vs SA, 3rd Test, Day 3. India Vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Match. 

Saha got injured during the 27th over of Proteas’ 2nd innings. Ravichandran Ashwin delivered a quick short ball outside off to George Linde. Linde missed the ball due to lack of bounce. The ball hit Saha’s fingertips and he injured his thumb. Saha removed his gloves immediately after the incident. All the fielders gathered around him. Later, he left the field and went to the pavilion. The new rule allows a team to replace a 'keeper with another 'keeper which was not possible before. Rishabh Pant Trolled by Fans After Wriddhiman Saha Takes a Stunning Catch During IND vs SA 2nd Test 2019. 

In the first Test, Saha had scored 21 in the 1st innings and did not bat in the 2nd. He did not bat in the second Test in which India played only one innings. In the ongoing third Test, Saha scored 24 runs in the 1st innings. However, Saha has gained accolades for his brilliant work behind the stumps. In the second Test, Wriddhiman Saha took a stunning catch on Day 4 to get Proteas batsman Theunis de Bruyn dismissed on 8 runs. The ball was bowled by Umesh Yadav and Saha took a flying catch behind the wicket which grabbed the attention of netizens and cricket fans.

Meanwhile, in the third Test, India smashed mammoth 497-9 (dec) in the first innings. Proteas were bowled out for 162 and then Virat Kohli and boys enforced a follow-on. During the 3rd session, South Africa were reeling at 98/7 after 38 overs, trailing by 237 runs.