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Rishabh Pant 'fell asleep' while driving: Police

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 December 2022, 14:56 IST
Rishabh Pant in Dehradun

India cricketer Rishabh Pant was seriously injured in a road accident while driving home from Delhi to Roorkee. The mishap took place early this morning on the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal in Uttarakhand.

The cricketer has been admitted to a hospital with multiple injuries on his back, forehead, and leg.

"He was going to Roorkee to meet his relatives. The accident happened because he fell asleep at the wheel a kilometre ahead of Narsan towards Roorkee," Superintendent of Police SK Singh said as quoted by ANI.

According to hospital authorities, Pant sustained severe injuries, but his condition is stable.

The cricketer has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back.

"Cricketer Rishabh Pant is under the observation of Orthopedics and plastic surgeons. His condition is stable. A detailed medical bulletin will be released once he's examined. Thereafter, we'll take the next steps," said Dr Ashish Yagnik, Max Hospital, Dehradun.

“He will undergo MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and formulate his further course of treatment. BCCI is in constant touch with Rishabh’s family while the Medical Team is in close contact with the doctors currently treating Rishabh,” informed BCCI, as quoted by ANI.

Rishabh Pant was alone in the car when he met with the accident on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. According to photographs from the site, the car was seen in a badly burnt condition.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami wished the cricketer a speedy recovery and that the state will extend all possible support to him including the facility of an air ambulance if required.

Wicket-keeper and batter Pant has represented India in 33 Test matches scoring 2271 runs at an average of 43.67 with five Test tons to his name with his highest score being 159 not out. Pant has 119 catches and 14 stumpings to his name.

In ODIs, he has 865 runs to his name in 30 matches at an average of 34.60 with five half-centuries and one ton with a strike rate of 106.65. With the gloves, Pant has 26 catches and one stumping to his name.

In 66 T20I the wicket-keeper batter has scored 987 runs with three half-centuries to his name at an average of 22.43 with a strike rate of 126.37.

First published: 30 December 2022, 14:53 IST