Will Pucovski: The Australian batsman had to retire hurt after getting hit on the helmet for yet another time in his career.
During the third day of the first warm-up match of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia between Australia A and India A at the Drummoyne Oval, Australia A batsman Will Pucovski received a nasty blow on the helmet after he got himself into an awkward position against India A pacer Kartik Tyagi’s pinpoint bouncer.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 13th over when Pucovski’s uncertainty around pulling and leaving a short delivery found him getting hit on the helmet. Having immediately fallen to his arms and knees, Pucovski looked in trouble first up.
However, upon receiving medical attention, the 22-year old player walked off the ground without the need of any external support. It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that Pucovski has walked off the field after getting hit by a short delivery.
After regular opening batsman David Warner’s hamstring injury, Pucovski was being talked about accompanying Joe Burns at the top of the order in the first Test against India starting from December 17. With him getting injured now, it would be interesting to see if he recovers on time for a potential Test debut.
Chasing a 131-run target, Australia A scored 52/1 in 15 overs before the match ended in a draw. While Pucovski ended up scoring 23 (39), Marcus Harris remained unbeaten on 25* (42) after opening batsman Joe Burns couldn’t get off the mark.
India A fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was their pick of the bowlers in the first innings, was their sole wicket-taker in the second one. While most of the visiting batsmen struggled to get going in the second innings today, wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha scoring 54* (100) was a bit of a respite for India A.
Will Pucovski retires hurt after getting hit on the helmet by Kartik Tyagi’s bouncer
Fingers crossed for Will Pucovksi, who’s retired hurt after this nasty blow to the helmet.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Will Pucovski has thankfully got up on his own and walked off without assistance. He was on his hands & knees for a good couple of minutes after the doctor ran out. Worrying scenes for the youngsters. Hit flush on the helmet by Kartik Tyagi #AUSAvIND #AusvIND @cricbuzz pic.twitter.com/3ElL4Hkx9Z
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 8, 2020
Man… Pucovski was on his hands and knees for quite some time after copping a blow to head off Kyagi’s bowling. Looked groggy and it’s worrying how many times this has happened – this is the 9th. Hope he is ok. #AUSAvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 8, 2020
Trouble here. Pucovski hit on helmet. He walked off but took a long time to get up from this position pic.twitter.com/Yeo01U8JQI
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) December 8, 2020
Can all Victorians join hands and collectively implore the cricketing gods to deliver Will Pucovski in good health to the First Test in Adelaide. C’mon Will – be OK!
— Martin Pakula (@MartinPakulaMP) December 8, 2020
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