Pant likely to be sidelined for lengthy period; doubtful for IPL

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Rishabh Pant is likely to miss the 2023 edition of the IPL
Rishabh Pant is likely to miss the 2023 edition of the IPL © BCCI

Rishabh Pant could be looking at a long hiatus from the game. Although the extent of his injuries and recovery period are still not clear, there appears to be no chance of him participating in the four-Test series against Australia in February-March. In the same vein it can be said that he may also have to skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April-May. He is the skipper of Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

Cricbuzz understands that the exact nature of treatment and time required for recovery and rehab can be decided only after the treatment to his ligament tear on right knee starts. The medical team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is monitoring the progress of the 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batter and they may fly him to Mumbai when he is in a position to move.

Currently convalescing in the Max Hospital in Derhadun after miraculously escaping from a car accident on Friday (December 30) morning, Pant will be allowed to recover from other external injuries before the treatment on the ligament tear starts. The BCCI has taken upon itself the task of treating the ligament tear.

Pant sustained a gamut of injuries from the near fatal crash near Gurukul, Narsan in the state of Uttarakhand, including a couple of cuts on his forehead. He has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back besides the ligament tear in his right knee. As of Saturday, Pant's condition is believed to be stable.

The possibility of sending Pant abroad for treatment is also not ruled out but no one official comment has come on that option as yet. The BCCI said it will see to it that Pant receives the best possible medical care and gets all the support he needs to come out of this traumatic phase.

Pant was involved in the just-concluded Test series against Bangladesh. Having been left out of the white-ball series against Sri Lanka, he was asked to report at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for what has been called the 'Fitness block'. It now looks his return to international cricket will be delayed and it will be long before he completes his recovery and rehab.