The accident took place around 5.30am when Pant was on his way to his hometown to surprise his mother.
Here’s how the series of events unfolded …
- According to police, the star wicketkeeper batsman, who was alone in his Mercedes GLE car, dozed off and hit the divider railings on the highway at around 5.30am.
- The car turned a few times before turning into a ball of fire. The CCTV footage of the accident, which has surfaced online, indicated that it was a high-speed crash.
- Pant jumped out of car by breaking the window as soon as it caught fire. As he landed on the side of the road on his rear, some of the skin got peeled off.
- Meanwhile, the driver and other staff of a Haryana Roadways bus passing by helped the cricketer get away from the burning car, which was completely charred in the accident.
- According to reports, the driver of the bus said he was the first to rush to the spot along with his conductor to rescue Pant. He added that he didn’t recognize the cricketer at first. “We began to cry for help but no one came. I called the National Highway, no one answered. Then I ran up the police and the conductor called for an ambulance. We kept asking him he is he fine. Offered him some water. After regrouping, he told us he is Rishabh Pant. I don’t follow cricket so I didn’t know who he was but my conductor then told me ‘Sushil… he is an India cricketer’,” he was quoted as saying.
- The 25-year-old was rushed to Saksham hospital in nearby Rookee from where he was referred later to Max Hospital, Dehradun. Dr Sushil Nagar, who treated Pant in emergency, said the cricketer didn’t suffer any fracture but there was a ligament injury on his knee which would require further investigation.
- “When he was brought to our hospital, he was fully conscious and I spoke to him. He wanted to surprise his mother and was going back home,” Nagar told PTI.
- Later, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (
BCCI) said that Pant has suffered two cuts on his forehead, apart from a ligament tear in his right knee, abrasion injuries on back, and hurting right wrist, ankle, and toe.
- BCCI secretary Jay Shah said the cricketer’s condition remains stable, and he has now been shifted to Max Hospital where he will undergo MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and formulate his further course of treatment.
- Management of Max Hospital, Dehradun, where he is undergoing treatment said that a team of doctors are currently “holding an evaluation for any possible internal injury.”
Miracle survivor: Rishabh Pant emerges from high-speed car crash
BCCI in constant touch with family
Meanwhile, the BCCI said it is in constant touch with Rishabh’s family following the crash while the medical team is in close contact with the doctors currently treating the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“The Board will see to it that Rishabh receives the best possible medical care and gets all the support he needs to come out of this traumatic phase,” Shah said.
Charred remains of cricketer Rishabh Pant’s car after it rammed into a divider and caught fire (PTI Photo)
Wishes pour in for Pant
Wishes and prayers poured in from all quarters for Pant following the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is distressed by the accident and prays for Pant’s good health and well-being.
Distressed by the accident of noted cricketer Rishabh Pant. I pray for his good health and well-being. @RishabhPant17
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1672397065000
“Wishing you a very speedy recovery. My prayers are with you,” tweeted cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar as his former teammates also joined him in posting their messages for the dashing keeper-batter.
Wishing you a very speedy recovery @RishabhPant17. My prayers are with you.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1672386502000
Former India batter and National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman said: “Praying for Rishabh Pant. Thankfully he is out of danger. Wishing @RishabhPant17 a very speedy recovery. Get well soon Champ.”
Praying for Rishabh Pant. Thankfully he is out of danger. Wishing @RishabhPant17 a very speedy recovery. Get well soon Champ.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1672372172000
“Wishing dear Pant a super speedy recovery. Bahut hi Jald swasth ho jaao,” tweeted former India opener Virender Sehwag.
Wishing dear @RishabhPant17 a super speedy recovery. Bahut hi Jald swasth ho jaao.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1672371422000
IPL franchise Delhi Capitals also wished speedy recovery for their skipper as head coach Ricky Ponting also sent his message from Down Under.
Thinking of @RishabhPant17. Hope you’re on the mend and back on your feet soon 🙏
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) 1672374919000
Afghan spinner Rashid Khan also took to social media to wish him.
“I hope you are ok bhai praying for your quick recovery get well soon champ.”
I hope you are ok bhai praying for your quick recovery get well soon champ 🤲🏻🤲🏻 @RishabhPant17
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) 1672377423000
England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow, who broke his leg and dislocated his ankle during a freak injury while playing golf in September, also joined in wishing Pant.
My thoughts and prayers are with @RishabhPant17. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back to doing what you do best. 🙏🏻
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) 1672390429000
Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with Pant. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back to doing what you do best.”
(With inputs from agencies)
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