Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is likely to take around six months to recover from the ligament tear he suffered during a horrific car crash on Friday. Hence the flamboyant cricketer is all set to miss the entire IPL 2023 and the Australian series.

“Pant will take at least three to six months to recover from the ligament injury. And if it’s severe, he may take more time. Further evaluation can be based on his detailed injury report, Dr Qamar Azam, who looks after the sports injury department at AIIMS-Rishikesh said.

The aggressive cricketer had a miraculous escape when his luxury car crashed into a road divider and caught fire after he dozed off at the wheel on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. The 25-year-old was on his way to his hometown Roorkee to surprise his mother. 

Unfortunately, Pant suffered two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee along with injuries on his right wrist, ankle, toe and back. He even had minor plastic surgery done on his forehead.

The Australian cricket team is touring India to play four Tests and three ODIs starting on February 9.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 starts in March and ends in May. With Pant missing the IPL 2023, the Delhi Capitals might have to look for a new captain. Experienced Australian David Warner is likely to be the first choice for the franchise. Under the captainship of Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad had won the title in 2016.