Rishabh Pant has been out of cricketing action for more than a year now. The wicket-keeper batter had a fatal accident in December 2022. Since then he has been rehabbing for a comeback and the explosive batter has almost finished with his recovery eyeing a comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Delhi-Capitals captain was travelling back to his home to surprise his mother ahead of the new year when his car crashed into a road divider and caught fire.
He suffered multiple serious injuries, including a ligament tear in his right knee and slashes on his forehead. He had surgery in Mumbai, followed by a lengthy recuperation period, and has been out of action since. The 26-year-old also expressed relief about driving the car himself and not suffering the ill-fated accident due to someone else's actions.
The wicket-keeper, his lengthy recovery has reached its final stages. Rishabh Pant attended the IPL 2024 auction on December 19 last year and had a fun time in Dubai, during the auction. He would like to lead the side to win their maiden IPL title as well in the upcoming season.
I had been driving home late: Rishabh Pant
Speaking to Star Sports, "For several years, I had been driving home late. I always loved to surprise my mom. I'd reach out of nowhere and tell her, 'Mom, just open the gate, I'm here'. So she was used to me reaching late. She was obviously very upset about the incident but she wasn't upset about me driving late as she knew it was a habit of mine."
"She never faulted me for it and that was very satisfying. That's probably why people say that family understands us the best. Accidents can happen with anyone, anytime. I'm glad that I was driving when the accident happened and not anyone else. If that was the case, then I don't know how I'd have reacted. At least now, I'm responsible for my mistake."