India’s Rishabh Pant recovering, likely to miss Australia Tests

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According to reports in Indian media on Sunday, Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant will likely miss the upcoming Test series against Australia despite being in “high spirits” and recovering from surgery following his horrific car accident.

The star wicketkeeper-batsman was traveling alone from New Delhi to his hometown of Roorkee, a few hours north of the Indian capital, when his Mercedes SUV crashed into the median before dawn on Friday. He sustained multiple injuries.

The 25-year-old was rescued on the highway by a bus driver and conductor after his vehicle immediately caught fire.

Shyam Sharma of the Delhi and District Cricket Association informed the Times of India that Pant “is in high spirits and responding well to treatment […] He underwent plastic surgery on his left eyebrow where he suffered a cut in the accident.”

The cricketer also has a ligament injury in his right knee, wrist and ankle injuries, and abrasion injuries on his back, according to a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

According to Sharma, the BCCI was keeping an eye on Pant’s treatment and communicating with his medical team “constantly.”

“He will take some time to recover from the ligament injury in his right knee. He will receive the best care possible, “he added.

According to a BCCI employee cited by the Press Trust of India news agency, Pant would likely miss the four-Test Australia series that begins on February 9 in India.

A nonconformist batsman, Gasp is the pillar of the Test crew and plays had a critical impact in a portion of India’s most paramount successes over the most recent three years.

However, his white-ball play has been inconsistent recently, and Pant was dropped from Sri Lanka’s T20 and ODI tour, which begins next week.

The wicketkeeper’s absence came just a few days after his match-winning 93 against Bangladesh in the second Test, which helped India win the series 2-0.

The news has shocked many, and members of India’s cricket community have wished Pant a speedy recovery.

State leader Narendra Modi said on Friday he was bothered by the mishap and had appealed to God for Gasp’s great wellbeing.

Transport driver Sushil Kumar and his guide, who aided Gasp out of his vehicle, have been hailed as legends for their reaction to the close deadly accident.

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