India’s young cricketer Rishabh Pant crashed his Mercedes SUV in Roorkee on 30 December. The 25-year-old cricketer suffered multiple injuries when the car rammed into a crash barrier, flipped over, and caught fire. He was rushed to a local hospital in Dehradun before being airlifted to Mumbai for further treatment and surgery.
As per reports, Pant’s ligaments were injured so he had major surgery on the medial collateral ligament (MCL) as well as a minor repair on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). However, the doctors are hoping that the rest of the ligaments will heal naturally, and the southpaw is currently under observation.
“All the ligaments were injured. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a cause of concern. The doctors said that MCL surgery was absolutely necessary. Now his PCL will be assessed in two weeks. Hopefully, it will not need any further surgery. As of now, he essentially has undergone just one major surgery,” an Indian Cricket Board source was quoted as saying by news18.
Pant will miss major tournaments in 2023
Meanwhile, on Monday, Pant issued his first statement since the horrific accident. “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 seeing you all on the field,” Pant said.
Recently, it has been reported that the left-handed batter will not be able to return to the field for at least 6 months. After being away from the field for a long time, whether he is able to play in his old style or not, he will also have to give some time for this. In such a situation, it seems difficult for him to be available for the World Cup 2023, half of next year’s WTC cycle, the Indian T20 League 2024, and the 20-20 World Cup in June next year. It was also mentioned that Pant will be discharged in two weeks’ time.
“The ligaments usually heal in four to six weeks. After that rehab and strengthening will begin. His return to play will be assessed in another two months. He will have to undergo counselling sessions too, it could be four to six months before he can start playing,” the report stated further.