Rishabh Pant was going strong and was an integral member of the Indian side in all three formats, when tragedy struck him in the wee hours of December 30, 2022. A car accident in Roorkee left him in a vulnerable situation and even though he was rescued to proper medical treatment, injuries have left his career at the doldrums.
When he would make a comeback is not known, but for Pant, that hardly matters now. Doing simple things like going out of his room and brushing his teeth by himself seems like a blessing.
"It is hard for me to say if everything around me has become more positive or even negative. However, I've gained a fresh perspective on how I view my life now. Something I value today is enjoying my life to the fullest and this includes the smallest of things that we ignore in our daily routine. Everyone today is hustling and working extremely hard to achieve something special, but we've forgotten to enjoy the little things which give us joy every single day,” Pant told IANS.
"Especially after my accident, I've found happiness in even being able to brush my teeth every day as well as something like sitting under the sun. While trying to achieve our goals, it seems like we've taken the regular things in life for granted. My biggest realization and message would be that feeling blessed every day is also a blessing, and that's the mindset I've adopted since my setback and being able to enjoy every moment which comes my way is a takeaway I have for myself."
After the accident, Pant was admitted to the Mumbai hospital in Mumbai after being airlifted from Dehradun on January 4 where he was undergoing treatment before going through emergency care at the Saksham Hospital in Roorkee. Now, with three sessions of physiotherapy running in his daily schedule, Pant lives on fluids and fruits while managing some time to sit under the sun everyday. But in all of this, he misses playing cricket the most.
"I do have my daily fruits and fluids in between them. I also try to sit under the sun for some time, and this process will continue until I'm able to walk properly again,” Pant said.