Reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha replaced Rishabh Pant as per ICC rules with him being taken for scans.
Sydney: The Indian team was dealt a blow on Saturday as wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant sustained an elbow injury, which could rule him out of the remainder of the third Test against Australia.
Reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha replaced him as per ICC rules with Pant being taken for scans.
"Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday. He has been taken for scans," the BCCI stated in a release.
Pant, who looked good during his 36 off 67 balls on the third day of the match, was hit while trying to pull a short ball from Pat Cummins.
He was in pain immediately and after on-field treatment that included a strapped bandage, he was back in action but lost the flow due to hindered movement as Josh Hazlewood had him caught behind.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was also hit by a short ball on his bowling hand and needed on-field treatment. It remains to be seen if Jadeja is hundred percent fit while bowling.
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Dhawan said it's ''not difficult'' to be in the captain's shoes while making tricky choices, such as picking Pant over Samson.
Rishabh Pant has looked subdued in limited-overs cricket this year, scoring just one fifty in the shortest format way back in February against the West Indies.
Rishabh Pant also said that he would prefer batting in the middle order in ODIs and Tests and would not like to open in T20Is.