Team India’s flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s return to international cricket is not a possibility in near future. However, Pant can take heart from many top sportspersons across the globe who fought their way back into the international arena again following a near-fatal mishaps.
Let’s have a look at some of the top athletes who have scripted inspiring stories after making a comeback by showing fighting spirits…
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (Cricket)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is considered as one of the greatest cricketers of India. Pataudi’s car was involved in an accident in Hove, in East Sussex, England on July 1, 1961. He lost sight in his right eye in the process as a piece of sharp glass from the broken windscreen pierced the organ. However, the incident didn’t deter him as he was born for greatness. He fought back strongly and a year after the accident, Pataudi took over India’s captaincy while touring West Indies in 1962. He was the youngest-ever Indian captain at the age of 21 at that time. He went on to represent India for 46 Tests while playing most of them with just one eye.
Tiger Woods (Golf)
Tiger Woods is a legendry golfer. Unfortunately, he met with a serious accident in 2021. Woods was driving above the speed limit. He lost control of his SUV and it hit the divider. The golfer suffered multiple injuries, especially to his right leg. The leg was stabilised by inserting a rod. The chances of Woods recovering normal fitness were very low. However, Woods stunned one and all with his fighting spirit. He came back strongly and took part in the PNC Championship in Orlando later.
Sergio Aguero (Football)
Former Manchester City and Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero’s taxi hit a lamp post in 2017 while the Argentine was returning back to Machester. His ribs were fractured in the process. However, Aguero came back to international football strongly later after missing two to four weeks of action.
Mohammed Shami (Cricket)
Team India’s veteran pacer Mohammed Shami was hit by a truck in 2018 when he was returning to Delhi. He suffered a severe head injury and needed four stitches. However, with strong determination and grit, the pacer made a swift return to international cricket and also took part in the Indian Premier League that year.