The cricket world has been left in shock after prominent Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was involved in a scary car crash while driving from Uttarakhand to Delhi. The 25-year-old's car reportedly burst into flames after colliding with a road divider.
Pant was taken to hospital in Dehli, where his condition is stable. He has suffered injuries to his back and foot, as well as a laceration to his heat.
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An array of cricket greats have expressed their shock over the crash, with the likes of Ricky Ponting, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman among those wishing him a swift recovery. Local outlet IndiaToday reported Pant had to break the windshield of the car to escape the flames.
Rishabh Pant has suffered a serious car accident early morning. Admitted in a Roorkee hospital. pic.twitter.com/QQvHuanDCF
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 30, 2022
According to their report, Pant has also suffered some burns to his back. Chairman of Saksham Hospital, Dr Sushil Nagar, said Pant's condition was stable. Images shared on social media of the crash site showed the wreckage of Pant's car completely burnt out after it was engulfed in flames.
The 25-year-old has captained India in several one-day international matches, as well as having played 33 Test matches. He boasts a particularly formidable record in Australia, where he averages 62.40 runs from seven matches.
Since making his Test debut in 2018, Pant firmly established himself in the Indian team thanks to standout performances in Australia last year. His man-of-the-match winning second innings knock of 89 steered India to an unlikely victory at the Gabba which sealed the Border-Gavaskar series for the visitors.
Pant's last Test outing came against Bangladesh last week, in which he scored 93 in the second match of their series. The 25-year-old has accumulated 2271 Test runs at 43.67, including five centuries.
Praying for Rishabh Pant. Thankfully he is out of danger. Wishing @RishabhPant17 a very speedy recovery. Get well soon Champ.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 30, 2022
Wishing you a speedy recovery @RishabhPant17 Get well soon.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 30, 2022
Thinking of @RishabhPant17. Hope you're on the mend and back on your feet soon 🙏
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) December 30, 2022
Wishing dear @RishabhPant17 a super speedy recovery. Bahut hi Jald swasth ho jaao.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 30, 2022
Really hope Rishabh Pant is ok. The car looks absolutely quashed. Horrific to see even.
— Abhinav Mukund (@mukundabhinav) December 30, 2022
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) December 30, 2022
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) December 30, 2022
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The news comes as Cricket Australia has supported the Melbourne Cricket Club's call for a historic Test match between India and Pakistan to be played at the MCG. The MCC have formally lobbied CA about hosting the famous rivals in what would be their first red-ball match in 15 years, but admit the situation is "complicated".
India and Pakistan's pulsating Twenty20 World Cup clash at the ground in October, played in front of 90,293 fans, fuelled hunger for more games between the countries. Their rivalry has been restricted to major tournaments in modern times, having not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012 due to ongoing political tension between the countries. The last Test match between India and Pakistan was way back in December 2007.
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