India's Pant on 'road to recovery'

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant has undergone successful surgery weeks after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was heading to his home town Roorkee when the car he was driving hit a central divider, flipped over and caught fire in the northern state of Uttarakhand in the early hours of December 30.

Photographs of the car suggest he was fortunate to avoid death, let alone more serious injury.

Earlier this month, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said he would "undergo surgery and subsequent procedures for ligament tears."

"I am humbled and grateful for all the support and good wishes," Pant wrote on Twitter.

"I am glad to let you know that my surgery was a success. The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead. Thank you to the BCCI, Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) and government authorities for their incredible support.

"From the bottom of my heart, I also would like to thank all my fans, team mates, doctors and the physios for your kind words and encouragement. Looking forward to seeing you all on the field."

Pant, 25, was part of the India squad that sealed a 2-0 Test series victory over Bangladesh earlier in December.

He was not included in India's squad for the first two Tests against Australia next month.