For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant is apparently in the crossroads after a lean run across formats with the bat. In the West Indies series, he managed just one fifty in Twenty20 Internationals and was not upto the mark with the bat in ODIs and Tests. In the two games against South Africa, Pant struggled. With criticism mounting at the lack of contributions, the Indian cricket team has sent some confusing signals ahead of the first Test against South Africa in Vizag on October 2. According to a report in Times of India, Pant could get axed for the first Test against South Africa and Wriddhiman Saha could take his place. The Times of India quoted a BCCI source who said that Pant’s lack of contributions with the bat is hurting his confidence in keeping. “His DRS reviews aren’t great. In Indian conditions, on turning wickets, he may struggle. Saha is a far better keeper than him, and get a few useful runs lower down the order too. The selectors are in a mood to give one final chance to Pant in the first Test, but the team management (coach Ravi Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli) wants Saha to play from the start of the series itself,” the source added.Pant’s situation is a conundrum. The left-hander is the only Indian to hit two hundreds in overseas conditions, including 114 against England at The Oval and 159 against Australia in Sydney.However, Saha, who has not played international cricket since January 2018 due to a shoulder injury, has been in good form in the series against West Indies A and South Africa A, scoring 60 and 62 respectively. Also Read | We Need To Look Beyond MS Dhoni For 2020 World T20: Sunil GavaskarIn an interview with Hindustan Times, Shastri emphasized on patience with Pant. “All your media reports and all the experts writing (but) Pant is in great space with this Indian team. Experts, they have a job, they can speak. Pant is a special kid and he has already done enough. he is world class and is a brutal match-winner. Very few around in the world game; I can’t pick five on my hands when it comes to white-ball cricket, T20 cricket. So the patience we will have with him is lot,” Shastri said. Also Read | MS Dhoni Left Out For South Africa T20I Series – Right Or Wrong Move?India lost the previous series against South Africa 1-2 and they will be bidding to win the trophy back.
Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Kershaw at least seemed encouraged that his injury was isolated. He said that his back, a source of great worry in years past, has felt fine all season. Having no history of biceps injuries, Kershaw had little basis for a prediction, but he offered hope that he would begin playing catch “pretty soon.” Manager Dave Roberts ventured so far as to predict that might happen by the end of this week.If faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the rare source of substance in Kershaw’s prognosis.“Ultimately, I try to do the best I can to prevent injuries, to stay healthy, but sometimes it’s unavoidable,” Kershaw said. “I have some ideas going forward with (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt), and different things to try and figure some things out.”This is not a new idea. Roberts revealed that Kershaw and Honeycutt have been working on Kershaw’s mechanics “over the last few weeks.” Whatever their reason, whatever their goal, that work did yield the desired results.Kershaw’s four-seam fastball has averaged 91-92 mph this season, the lowest of any period in his major-league career. He’s phased the pitch in and out over the course of seven starts. By start No. 7, last week in Phoenix, the four-seamer accounted for 39 of Kershaw’s 101 pitches. Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Feeding opponents a steady diet of curveballs and sliders, Kershaw was more effective than not. His earned-run average is a solid 2.86, and he’s struck out 26.5 percent of opponents. Could an increase in breaking balls lead to more wear and tear on the biceps?“I don’t think so,” Kershaw said.Count a biceps injury among the many new obstacles Kershaw has faced in 2018. The pile is big. It includes a declining fastball, a mechanical mystery, and a team that is presently desperate for a No. 1 starter in what appears to be a World Series hangover. All at the not-quite-tender age of 30.“I’ve joked about being old, but I don’t think it has anything to do with deterioration,” Kershaw said. “There’s some things I can do to get better. … I’m not worried about deteriorating.”TURNER TURNS A CORNERThird baseman Justin Turner will get his first look at live pitching each of the next two days, he said.The club will stage simulated games at Dodger Stadium that will allow Turner to get at-bats against minor league pitchers, run the bases, and take grounders at third.“It’s like a super fast-forward rehab game,” he said. “You get everything done at once. Sometimes you go on a rehab game, you get one ground ball hit to you, you get out three times and don’t get to run the bases. This way you get to do everything.”By the end of the week, Turner could be out on a minor league rehab assignment. Roberts said Turner is in line to rejoin the Dodgers during next week’s trip to Miami and Washington, D.C.ALSOOutfielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 4 in his first rehab game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He played eight innings in right field. Puig is on the 10-day disabled list with injuries to his hip and ankle. … Infielder Logan Forsythe (shoulder) is also in line to join the Dodgers on next week’s trip, Roberts said. … The Cincinnati Reds made a change to their weekend rotation plans, trading catcher Devin Mesoraco to the New York Mets for right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey. According to the team, Harvey will join the Reds in Los Angeles for the four-game series beginning Thursday.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 0-3, 3.83 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks (LHP Patrick Corbin, 4-0, 2.15), Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury LOS ANGELES — The translucent wax paper covering Clayton Kershaw Injury Watch was replaced with a sheer burqa on Tuesday, when the Dodgers pitcher offered the first details about the tendinitis in his left biceps.The symptoms, which Kershaw described as “pretty generic,” first cropped up toward the end of his most recent start May 1 in Phoenix. When he tried playing catch over the weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, the three-time Cy Young Award winner said he was still in pain.“I was able to throw a little bit,” he said. “(Throwing off the mound in the) bullpen was going to be pretty difficult. That’s why I pulled the plug.”Kershaw was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He returned to Los Angeles, where an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Dodgers did not offer a timetable for Kershaw’s return at first, and even the MRI results couldn’t coax any more of a prediction from anyone at the ballpark Tuesday. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error