He is the team's first-choice keeper and KL Rahul might be allowed to keep the wickets while Kedar Jadhav or Manish Pandey could replace Pant in the batting line-up.
Virat Kohli's decision to drop himself down to the number four position backfired in the series opener on Tuesday, prompting the Indian skipper to say that he might have to "rethink" his plans going into the second ODI in Rajkot.
Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both struck superb centuries to complement their bowlers' inspired display as the touring side handed out a 10-wicket thrashing to India in the opening one-day global in Mumbai.
Fuelled by the disappointment of their semi-final exit past year, Australia began their next one-day World Cup cycle with the most complete performance imaginable. As far as Rishabh Pant's health is concerned, the team might not risk him in the 2nd ODI if he is not 100 percent fit. Having said that, I don't think it's quite gone our way whenever I've batted No. 4 so we'll probably have to rethink about that one. "We played well against West Indies before. You lose games here and there but today was one of the days where it didn't come off". He should just be batting No.3.
Warner became the fastest Australian to 5000 one-day global runs, and the fourth fastest worldwide.
Rahul, who batted ahead of captain Virat Kohli at No. 3, played well for his 47 (61) before getting out to Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar in the 28th over.
'We're riding this wave of good form and clinical performances with bat and ball. We were a bit unlucky as well, like a few top edges went here and there, they didn't go in the hand. As a team we back each other and we don't focus too much on a loss.
The Australian openers both smashed undefeated centuries as they put together an unbroken stand of 258, overtaking the previous highest opening partnership of 231 - which they had set themselves at Bengaluru in 2017.
Just three short of his fifty, Rahul gave a straight forward catch to Steve Smith at covers off Agar and then, in the next over, Dhawan was caught by Agar off Pat Cummins (2/44). Fortunately tonight, I think they over-pitched a little bit to Finchy.