Team India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been treated for injuries sustained in a serious accident last December, is expected to be released from hospital in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Pant underwent successful major surgery on his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a minor repair on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and is making a steady recovery.
A report in The The Bharat Express News suggests Pant is being closely monitored to determine if his ligaments are healing naturally. Once the ligaments have healed, he will begin his rehabilitation process. His progress will be reviewed in two months and he may be ready to play in four to six weeks. The doctors have stated that the MCL surgery was absolutely necessary and the road to the southpaw’s recovery will be tough.
“The ligaments usually heal within four to six weeks. Then the rehabilitation and strengthening will begin. His return to the game will be judged in another two months. Pant realizes it will be a tough road. He should also undergo counseling sessions. It could be four to six months before he can start playing,” a BCCI source told the The Bharat Express News.
Pant suffered lacerations to his forehead, multiple ruptured ligaments in his knee and other serious injuries, including an abrasion to the back, when his car collided with a divider on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. After several flips, the vehicle finally caught fire as the cricketer was on his way to his home in Roorkee at around 5:30 am.
Pant recently issued a statement speaking for the first time since the accident, saying: “I am humbled and grateful for all the support and well wishes. I am pleased to let you know that my surgery was a success. The road to recovery has begun. and I am ready for the challenges ahead. Thank you to the @BCCI, @JayShah & government agencies for their incredible support.”
I am humbled and thankful for all the support and well wishes. I am happy to let you know that my surgery was a success. The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead.
Thanks to the @BCCI , @JayShah & government agencies for their incredible support. — Rishabh Pants (@RishabhPant17) January 16, 2023
Rishabh Pant, who made his international cricket debut in February 2017, was part of the victorious Indian Test side that won a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka in December 2022. In the second Test at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Pant turned in a match-winning performance, scoring an impressive 93 runs in the first innings. His contribution was instrumental in India’s victory and cemented his place as one of the most promising young batsmen in the world.
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