Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was missing behind the stumps as Mohammad Shami took his run-up to start Team India’s defense of the 256-run target. Instead of Pant, KL Rahul was standing behind the stumps with the wicketkeeping gloves in the first ODI against Australia in Mumbai.
The reason for Rahul keeping wickets was that Rishabh Pant was kept under the concussion observation by the Indian team’s medical staff. This was because the left-handed batsman was stung on the head by a Pat Cummins delivery while batting in the first innings. In the second ball of the 44th over, he might have suffered a concussion while trying to pull a shot.
This led to KL Rahul becoming the 24th player to have kept wicket for India in ODIs, with Farokh Engineer being the first in India’s first-ever ODI against England in July 1974. Manish Pandey came out as a substitute for Pant, who made 28 runs before getting out to Cummins, caught by Turner.
Batting first, Indian batsmen Dhawan (74) and Rahul (47) added 121 runs for the second wicket, but the remainder of the batsmen faltered against some brilliant pace bowling from Australia and managed only 255 runs