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Pant set to return to cricket after 2022 car crash

Update : 12 Mar 2024, 16:11

Star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is fit to play in the Indian Premier League starting this month after being seriously hurt in a car crash in 2022, the cricket board said Tuesday.

Pant is set to return to the Delhi Capitals after missing last season and could play for India at the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States in June.

"After undergoing an extensive 14-month rehab and recovery process, following a life-threatening road mishap... Rishabh Pant has now been declared fit," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

Following the BCCI announcement, the 26-year-old posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the caption: "Keep smiling."

Pant crashed his Mercedes SUV north of New Delhi before dawn in December 2022, suffering multiple injuries when the car rammed into a crash barrier, flipped over and caught fire.

He was rushed to hospital before being airlifted to Mumbai for further treatment and surgery.

Pant has been on an intensive rehabilitation programme since surviving the crash with a damaged ligament in his right knee, a hurt wrist and ankle, and abrasions to his back.

He was replaced as skipper of Delhi Capitals by David Warner of Australia last year. Source: AFP 

Pant has played for India a total of 129 times in all three formats since 2017.

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