Rishabh Pant has undergone a successful knee ligament surgery, conducted at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Friday, said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
“Rishabh Pant has successfully undergone knee ligament surgery on Friday. He will be under observation. Further course of action and rehabilitation will be advised by Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala and followed by the BCCI sports science and medicine team,” PTI reported a BCCI source as saying.
Pant was airlifted from Dehradun to Mumbai on Wednesday for treatment of one of two ligament tears in his knee. When he arrived at the Mumbai hospital, doctors examined him.
Dr Pardiwala, the Head of Centre for Sports Medicine and Director of Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at the hospital, had previously worked with Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja as well as with other athletes.
The BCCI, while appreciative of the immediate treatment given to Pant at the two hospitals in Uttarakhand, preferred to have his injuries treated by the board’s own empanelled medical team. While Pant’s medical insurance covers his treatment, the cost of the air ambulance was borne by the board.
On December 30, Pant was on his way to see his mother in Roorkee in Uttarakhand, when his car crashed into a road divider around 5.30am. He miraculously got away without life-threatening injuries even as his car went up in flames.
After immediate emergency care at Saksham Hospital in Roorkee, Pant was moved to Max Hospital in Dehradun, where he had plastic surgery on the laceration wounds, facial injuries and abrasions. MRI scans done on his brain and spine that evening returned normal results, but scans of the knee and foot were postponed because of pain and swelling.
It is too soon to predict Pant’s return to athletic activity and then top-flight cricket. He has not yet begun to walk. The four Tests against Australia at home in February-March 2023, a possible World Test Championship final in England in June, and the ODI World Cup in India in October-November are India’s three major assignments in 2023. Pant’s chances of playing in the Test series against Australia appear slim, but not impossible. The IPL, which takes place in April and May, is another major event, with Pant captaining the Delhi Capital.