Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who is recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident last year, received a visit from the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) committee at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The DDCA Director Shyam Sharma said that Pant is doing well and hopes that he would be back on the field as soon as possible.
Pant had met with a horrific accident on December 30, 2022, when his car collided with a road divider on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. Pant suffered injuries on his head, back, and feet and was rushed to a hospital in Dehradun. The star keeper was later airlifted to Mumbai for further treatment and underwent knee surgery in January 2023.
Since then, Pant has been undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA under the supervision of experts. The stylish left-hander has been updating his fans on social media about his progress and has posted pictures and videos of him working out in the gym, walking unaided, and interacting with his teammates.
Delhi and District Cricket Association Director Shyam Sharma, who visited Pant along with another DDCA Director Harish Singla, said that he was impressed by Pant's resilience and determination and that he is in good spirits and is confident of making a comeback.
“He is doing well in his recovery and now he is a lot better. There is a big question about his comeback as it takes time but I hope he will be back on the field as soon as possible," Shyam Sharma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Sharma continued, “Rishabh Pant is doing well. He’s responding adequately (to the rehab). He can be fine (in terms of fitness) after the ODI World Cup happens and will come out (of NCA) only after being declared fully fit, whenever it happens.”
However, there is no clarity on when Pant will be able to resume playing cricket. He has missed several important tournaments, including the home series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia, the IPL 2023 for Delhi Capitals, the World Test Championship Final, and the T20 World Cup. He is also likely to miss the upcoming South Africa tour and the home series against England.