The return of Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant to the cricket pitch is eagerly anticipated by his fans all around the world. However, there is no clarity on how long it will take the wicketkeeper-batter to be totally match-fit.
On December 30, 2022, while going from Delhi to his birthplace of Roorkee, Uttarakhand, the 25-year-old was involved in a near-fatal car accident.
Pant heroically survived the catastrophic vehicle crash by breaking the window of his burning Mercedes Benz in time and fleeing.
On April 4, he was seen cheering for the Delhi Capitals during their second game of the IPL 2023 against the Gujarat Titans at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
Rishabh Pant to be out for at least 8 to 9 months
Following the horrible accident, there were widespread fears over whether the India star would be able to play cricket again, let alone keep wickets. But there is now some optimism, as the 25-year-old is working hard to return to the field as soon as possible, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is providing him with every medical help necessary.
The BCCI previously said,
“(It) will make every effort to aid and expedite the recovery process of Rishabh and will provide him with all the support he needs during this period.”
Pant had ligament tears repaired in January and is now under the care of Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, Head of the Centre for Sports Medicine and Director of Arthroscopy and Shoulder Service at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute. The wicketkeeper-batter will very certainly require more surgery.
Pant last played for India against Bangladesh in December and will be sorely missed by the team as they prepare for two key ICC tournaments in 2023, the World Test Championship Final in June and the ODI World Cup in October-November, both of which will be hosted by India.
The precise date of his return will be determined once he arrives at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation.
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