Rishabh Pant tweets gratitude for support, says road to recovery from car crash injury has begun
India wicket-keeper-batter Rishabh Pant raises bat after hitting his maiden ODI century in the third match against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, on July 17, 2022. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who is also known to be a hard-hitting batter, has said that his “road to recovery has begun” after he was injured in a deadly car crash on December 30 last year.
According to the police, the 25-year-old cricketer “dozed off” and lost control of his Mercedes Benz car which crashed and caught fire. This happened on a national highway when the cricketer was heading to his hometown Roorkee in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand from Delhi.
Pant was initially admitted in a hospital in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, and flown later to Mumbai where he underwent surgery on January 4.
The sportsperson received multiple injuries on his head, back, and leg.
He tweeted on Monday saying he was “humbled and grateful for all the support and good wishes”. He also thanked the Indian cricket board for taking due care.
“The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead. Thank you to the @BCCI, @JayShah & government authorities for their incredible support.
“From the bottom of my heart, I also would like to thank all my fans, teammates, doctors and the physios for your kind words and encouragement. Looking forward to see you all on the field.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier said Pant would also have “subsequent procedures for ligament tears”.
Pant, who has played 33 Tests, 30 one-day internationals, and 66 T20 matches for India till now, last represented the country in a two-Test series in Bangladesh last month.
He is, however, likely to miss the game for most part of 2023, including the Indian Premier League which begins in March. Pant is the captain of the Delhi Capitals.