India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who was involved in a major car crash on December 30 on his way from Roorkee from Delhi has spoken out for the first time since the accident. While thanking everyone for their support, Pant also said that his road to recovery has well and truly begun and is also looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Pant is expected to miss a huge chunk of the year that includes the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and also potentially the ODI World Cup slated to be played in India.
The southpaw recently underwent surgery and got two (PCL and MCL) of those fixed, while surgery on the third (ACL) is expected in a few weeks time. Pant airlifted to a hospital in Mumbai from Dehradun on January 4 where he was undergoing treatment before going through emergency care at the Saksham Hospital in Roorkee.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was most recently appointed the director of cricket of the Delhi Capitals (DC), the team Pant leads in the IPL, confirmed that he will miss the upcoming edition as he continues his rehabilitation.
"Rishabh Pant will not be available for the IPL," Ganguly had said on January 12.
The 25-year-old most recently was involved in the Test series against Bangladesh that India won 2-0. He was due to report to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) camp ahead of the Test series against Australia, following his omission from the white-ball home series against Sri Lanka.
In the squad recently picked for the Test series, Ishan Kishan has been named in Pant's absence and could potentially be in line for a debut in Nagpur on February 9.