Rishabh Pant has been removed from India’s ODI team for the series against Bangladesh, the BCCI announced on Sunday. According to the press release, the 25-year-old’s pants were pulled for an unspecified reason, but the BCCI medical staff was consulted before the decision was made, indicating that the player may have a minor illness.

“As a result of discussions with the BCCI Medical Squad, Rishabh Pant has been removed from the ODI team. He will join the team before the Test series. There hasn’t been a search for a replacement. Axar Patel wasn’t available for selection for the first ODI. ” Read the BCCI press release.

Following a string of subpar performances, Pant’s place in the Indian team has been hotly debated. After scoring the game-winning century for India against England in July at Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham, Pant has yet to reach a single half-century, with his best total coming against the West Indies in Lauderhill at 44. He has struggled in recent T20Is, posting scores of 14, 17, 20*, 27, 3, 6, and 11 in the format. In the recently concluded ODI and T20I series, Pant’s slump persisted despite him scoring 42 runs in four innings.

KL Due to Pant’s absence from the lineup, Rahul will bat for India in the middle of the order in the ODI in Dhaka with Shikhar Dhawan and captain Rohit Sharma as the marquee opening pair. Rohit further hinted that Pant might have hurt himself when he stated that the team is dealing with some illnesses and that fast bowler Mohammed Shami had already been ruled out due to a shoulder problem.

“Despite some injuries and small issues, we have four all-rounders on the field. Washington, Deepak Chahar, Shardul, Shahbaz, and Kuldeep Sen are making their acting debut. That order is Shikhar, Virat, and me. KL Rahul will oversee wicket-keeping.” India’s captain commented.

Pant is aware that he will face tough competition in the two white-ball formats from players like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan, who will be on his tail. In a recent interview, when asked about his performance in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, Pant was visibly enraged. Comments made about his resemblances were minimized.