Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant recently met with a near-death accident near Roorkee in Haridwar district and has been injured severely including knee and ligament tears. He is set to undergo a double surgery for his knee and ligament injuries most likely in London. On Wednesday, BCCI had Pant airlifted to Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai where he is being treated for his superficial wounds. He is also getting treated for his ligament tear under Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala.
A senior official of BCCI told InsideSport, “Rishabh was brought to Mumbai to avoid too much attention on him. He needs rest and it was not possible in Dehradun. Here, he will be in high security and only family members can meet him. As he recovers from the wounds, the doctors will decide the course of action for his ligament injury.”
Some reports state that the Indian wicketkeeper-batter is supposed to undergo surgery under Dr Pardiwala, however, according to InsideSport, BCCI is willing to take risks on his return with the ICC World Cup around October. Pant is likely to be out for around nine months and if things go well for his recovery, he will be returning around October.
The senior official also stated, “Once the doctors seem he is fit to travel, he will be sent to London for surgery. We still don’t know how long it will take him to recover. Once the swelling subsides, Dr Pardiwala and his team will determine the treatment path. As things stand, Rishabh will need surgery on both his knee and ankle. That will anyway keep him out for close to nine months.”
The severity of his injury is still hazed as he underwent an MRI of the brain and spinal cord but due to swelling and pain, the doctors had to abandon his MRI for the knee and ankle in Dehradun. The gravity of his condition is unknown until the swelling subsides a little. But according to the preliminary reports, Pant will be needing surgery in both his knee and ankle.
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Generally, a ligament surgery takes around 6 months to recover but given Pant’s state to undergo double surgery, recovery could be longer. Once doctors analyze the severity of his injury, they will evaluate time accordingly.
All focus is on his recovery. Let the young man recover first. He will then come back for rehab. It’s a long road. We will talk about his return when he is at 100%. BCCI will provide him with all necessary support.”
Pant will be missing out on several important seasons like the India vs New Zealand series, the India vs Australia series, IPL 2023, the World Test Championship Finals and the India Tour of West Indies. If his recovery is as planned, Pant might make a comeback in time for Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan.