Indian cricket received a huge shock after wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant was met with a horrific car accident in December last year. Pant had surgery on his medial collateral ligament (MCL), and he also had some repairs on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). However, it was the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) that posed problems for the player. However, it was speculated that Pant will undergo multiple surgeries but news has emerged that he will not require a second surgery.
As reported by the Times of India, medical officials overseeing the 25-year-old seemed satisfied with the progress he has made till now. Since the second surgery is now ruled out, it is reported that Pant could be on his way to an earlier return than expected. Adding to this, a BCCI official clarified that multiple surgeries for Pant were never planned and his progress has exceeded expectations.
The official told TOI, “Let's make it clear that Pant never had multiple surgeries, as was speculated. There was much anxiety over another surgery. He was monitored every fortnight. Fortunately, his progress has been better than expected. This is a big boost for him. It could mean his comeback can happen a lot earlier than what was first expected.”
Rishabh Pant is currently back at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation after spending time at home in Delhi. The left-handed often shares updates and was last seen at the airport walking without crutches. The young Indian prospect is out of action in 2023 including the World Cup in India and it remains to be seen when he will make a return.