India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is being airlifted to Mumbai where he will undergo ligament surgery after suffering multiple injuries in a car accident on December 30, the BCCI announced on Wednesday.
Pant was on his way to his hometown of Roorkee when the car he was driving hit a center divider, flipped and burst into flames in the northern state of Uttarakhand in the early hours of Friday.
The 25-year-old, who is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dehradun, would be flown to Mumbai in an air ambulance, BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah has announced.
« Rishabh will undergo surgery and subsequent procedures for the ligament tears and will continue to be monitored by the BCCI medical team throughout his recovery and rehabilitation, » Shah said.
« The council will do everything possible to help and speed up Rishabh’s recovery process and provide him with all the support he needs during this time. »
Pant, who helped India’s Test side seal a 2-0 win over Bangladesh last month but was not in the squad for this month’s T20 and ODI matches against Sri Lanka, has already underwent plastic surgery for facial injuries sustained in the crash.
According to the BBCI, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Pant’s family.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Rishabh Pant as he gets back on the road to recovery,” Shah wrote on his Twitter account immediately after the crash.
“I spoke to his family and to the doctors treating him. Rishabh is stable and undergoing tests. We are monitoring his progress closely and will provide him with all the necessary support.”