(This article is authored by Alar)
Tragically, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was injured early on Friday morning when his car crashed into road barriers and caught fire near Roorkee in Uttarakhand. According to the SP (Rural) for Haridwar, Pant was initially taken to a private hospital in Roorkee before being transferred to the Max Hospital in Dehradun.
Authorities say he was injured in the head and right ankle (ligament) and that he is currently in treatment. "Cricketer Rishabh Pant's car met with an accident between Manglaur and Narsan in Haridwar district. He has been shifted to Max Hospital Dehradun after giving primary treatment at Roorkee Civil Hospital. The accident took place on NH-58 of Manglaur PS area," reported Haridwar SP.
Pant's car reportedly crashed at 5:30 a.m. near Mohammadpur Jat in the Mangalore police station area in the Haridwar district, as per a statement released by the state government. Soon after, the 108 ambulance and Roorkee police rushed him to the city's Saksham Hospital. He was then directed to Dehradun from there. Uttarakhand Police Director General Ashok Kumar stated that the batsman, who was driving alone, smashed the windscreen to escape the burning vehicle.
Police sources added that the accident took placeon National Highway 58, where Pant reportedly lost control of the car and hit the divider before being thrown out of the windscreen due to the impact, sources added. The car immediately caught fire and was charred within minutes. The fire tenders reached the spot and extinguished the fire.
Talking to the media, Medical Superintendent at Max Hospital, Dehradun, Dr Ashish Yagnik said that prima facie they did not find any serious injuries on the cricketer and he is stable. "He is under evaluation and a team of doctors is attending to him. Only after some tests can we tell more. As of now, he is stable and there is not much to worry about," Yagnik said.
"A team of doctors is talking to him and based on what he is telling us about the injuries, he is getting evaluated. Prima facie, we did not find any serious injuries. Orthopaedic and plastic surgeons are attending him," Yagnik further said.
"Taking details from the officers on cricketer Rishabh Pant injured in a car accident, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami asked officers to ensure all possible arrangements for the proper treatment of the cricketer. Praying for his speedy recovery, CM announced that the state government will bear all expenses of the treatment. An air ambulance will also be provided if required," the statement by the state government said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was absent from the One-Day Internationals in Bangladesh and did not return until the Tests. Pant, who is now 25 years old, last competed in a match during the Test series against Bangladesh. In India's win in Mirpur, he was a major contributor with a score of 93. Before the February 9 start of the Test series against Australia, he was due back at the NCA for Strength & Conditioning.
Cricketer Rishabh Pant met with an accident on Delhi-Dehradun highway near Roorkee border, car catches fire. Further details awaited. pic.twitter.com/qXWg2zK5oC— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2022