Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s first statement since his life-threatening accident on December 30 sent the internet into a frenzy on Monday.
I have not been able to thank everyone individually, but I must thank these two heroes who helped me during the accident and ensured that I reached the hospital safely. Rajat Kumar and Nishu Kumar, thank you. I will always be grateful and indebted 🙏♥️ pic.twitter.com/iUcg2tazIS
— Rishabh Pants (@RishabhPant17) January 16, 2023
“I am humbled and grateful for all the support and well wishes,” Rishabh Pant said He wrote on Twitter. “I am pleased to inform you that my operation was successful. The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead.”
“I couldn’t thank everyone individually, but I have to thank these two heroes who helped me during the accident and made sure I got to the hospital safely. Rajat Kumar and Nishu Kumar, thank you. I will be forever grateful and indebted,” he added.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my fans, teammates, doctors and physios for your kind words and encouragement. I look forward to seeing you all on the field,” the left-hander said in another tweet.
The 25-year-old cricketer’s ‘road to recovery’ post comes days after a report in a popular cricket publication claimed that he would miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World Test Championship finals in June.
All three ligaments in Rishabh Pant’s knee were damaged in a horrific car accident in Uttarakhand late last month, the website claimed.
Two of Pant’s ligaments have now been repaired after undergoing twin surgeries at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He will need another operation in six weeks to repair his third ligament in the knee.
According to the media outlet, “In Pant’s condition, all three ligaments in the knee — the anterior cruciate ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament, and the medial collateral ligament — which are essential for movement and stability, are torn. Both the PCL and MCL are understood to have been reconstructed in the recent surgery. Pant will have to undergo another surgery to repair his ACL, but doctors will wait at least six weeks before proceeding with that.
As a result, Rishabh Pant is expected to be sidelined for at least six months, cutting short his selection for the ODI World Cup in October-November.
Earlier, the BCCI had announced that the 25-year-old cricketer had undergone knee surgery on his right ligament after it was torn in an accident last month while on his way to surprise his mother in Roorkee.
After initial treatment at Max Hospital in Dehradun, Rishabh Pant was airlifted to Mumbai by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The treatment of Rishabh Pant, a central contracted player, is under the BCCI’s jurisdiction and after his treatment in Dehradun did not go as expected, the Indian cricket board referred him to the Head of Sports Medicine Centre, Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala decided to take direct control and Director of Arthroscopy and Shoulder Service at the Mumbai-based hospital.
Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala has previously treated other marquee names of Indian cricket, including legend Sachin Tendulkar, current pace leader Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and 2011 World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh, among other notable sportsmen of the country.
Regarded as the best wicket-keeper in Tests, Rishabh Pant scored 2169 runs in 54 innings in the whites, including five centuries and 10 half-centuries. He has an amazing strike rate of 73.10 and an average of 43.48 in the longest format of the game.
Last month, he powered India to a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh in the Test series in the neighboring country. In the process, Rishabh Pant joined a select group of Indian wicketkeepers, including former captain MS Dhoni, to complete 4,000 runs in international cricket.
Members of the Indian team, including coach Rahul Dravid and T20I captain Hardik Pandya, earlier wished Rishabh Pant a speedy recovery.
“Rishabh, I hope you are doing well. Hope you get well soon. Over the past year I have had the privilege of watching you play some of the greatest innings in Indian Test history. Whenever we are in difficult situations, you have become a character to get us out of very difficult situations. It’s such a challenge, I know you’ll come back as you have done so many times this year. Looking forward to coming back soon my friend,” Rahul Dravid said in a video shared by the BCCI.
“Hi Rishabh, just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. I know you’ve been a fighter and things aren’t going your way, life is life. You will break all the doors and come back as you always do. My love and wishes are with you. The whole team and the nation are behind you,” said Hardik Pandya.