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Star Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant has been involved in a car crash early on Friday morning, the 30th of December, in India.
Initial reports are that Pant is injured, and currently in hospital undergoing treatment following the accident. The 25-year-old was travelling from Delhi to his home town when the incident occurred along the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district.
Pant Car Crash Occurred While Cricketer Was Driving
Reports from the crash scene have indicated that Rishabh Pant was driving when his car was involved in the accident.
According to Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Ajai Singh, the vehicle struck a median barrier dividing the two sides of the highway, sustaining significant damage.
The crash was so severe that Pant needed to break the car’s glass in order to escape the vehicle. Images that have been circulating on social media show Pant’s BMW was completely written off, with the car catching on fire and burning out as a result of the impact.
Pant is alleged to have head injuries, as well as damage to his legs and burns on his back.
More Details About Rishabh Pant’s Hospitalisation
Rishabh Pant was initially rushed to the nearest hospital in Roorkee, which was Saksham Hospital.
Now, however, the wicketkeeper has been transferred to a more advanced facility in Dehradun, the Max Hospital.
No further reports have been made yet about Pant’s condition, whether his conditions are life-threatening or not, and what the impact of this crash may be on the young player’s cricketing career.*
Cricketer Rishabh Pant met with an accident on Delhi-Dehradun highway near Roorkee border, car catches fire. Further details awaited. pic.twitter.com/qXWg2zK5oC
— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2022
Crash Comes With Pant in Excellent Form for India
While it is unclear yet whether this crash will have a significant impact on Pant’s playing career or not, it comes at a time when Rishabh Pant was playing excellent cricket.
After a dry patch of form, Pant had recently come alive in the Test series against Bangladesh. In the first Test, he struck a handy run-a-ball 46 runs to kick India’s innings into life in the first innings, which ended up with the side scoring 404 and winning comfortably. The second Test saw Pant go one further, striking a game-changing 93 from 104 balls to top score for his team and lead India to 314 in their first innings, a total that also set them up for a win over Bangladesh.
The 25-year-old had been left out of the ODI and T20 squads to play Sri Lanka in the upcoming series, with the plan for him the head to Bangalore to undergo strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy before the Test series against Australia in early 2023. However, this will all likely change now.
Watch this space for more updates on Pant’s condition when more is known.
* Updated statement from the BCCI: “Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back. Rishabh’s condition remains stable, and he has now been shifted to Max Hospital, Dehradun, where he will undergo MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and formulate his further course of treatment.”
* Updated statement from Max Hospital: “We are still examining him. He is stable at the moment, there doesn’t appear to be cause for major worry. Once the evaluation is complete, we will put out a detailed bulletin. He is conscious, and he is talking, and the doctors are examining wherever he is saying there is discomfort. Orthopaedics and plastic surgeons are looking at him right now. And we are examining for any internal injuries.”