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Pant Pause: Reports Suggest Rishabh Pant to Miss at Least 18 Months of Cricket

Rishabh Pant, India’s wicket-keeper batsman, is expected to be out for at least 18 months. The 25-year-old just sustained severe injuries in a vehicle accident in December 2022. He was taken to a local hospital in Roorkee for initial care before being transferred to Max Hospital in Dehradoon. The cricketer is presently being treated at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he has had many procedures.

According to News18, the middle-order batter will require significant time to recover, ruling him out of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, IPL 2023, ODI World Cup, the remaining matches in the World Test Championship cycle, half of next year’s World Test Championship cycle, IPL 2024, and the T20 World Cup in June next year.

This is a huge setback for the Men in Blue since management saw him as a potential leader in the future. He has been a huge match-winner for India in Test cricket, and the Rohit Sharma-led team will undoubtedly miss having him around in the game’s longest format as well.

Rishabh Pant recently had two knee operations after his ligament was severely injured in the collision. According to reports, the Haridwar-born player would continue to be treated in Mumbai before moving to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for rehabilitation. However, since Pant is a wicket-keeper, his knee will be under a lot of strain, and restoring full fitness will take some time.