India cricket star Rishabh Pant has cheated death following a horror car crash early Friday morning which saw his vehicle flip multiple times and burst into flames.
Police said the wicketkeeper-batsman, who was driving alone in his Mercedes SUV when it crashed in the northern state of Uttarakhand, had lost control of the vehicle when he ‘dozed off’.
The car hit the median strip and flipped over twice and burst into flames, police claimed, while photographs taken in the aftermath of the crash showed the twisted and charred remains of the vehicle.
Shocking video footage from the scene moments after the smash showed the cricketer covered in blood and being helped by locals as the car lay ablaze in the middle of the road.
Pant, 25, is one of the star players of Indian Premier League team Delhi Capitals and was part of the India test squad that sealed a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh earlier this month.
Pant’s car hit the road divider, strewing debris across the road before bursting into flames
Pant is pictured covered in blood and clearly shaken after the crash as he is helped by locals
The remains of the smashed up vehicle are seen lying in the road after the flames were extinguished
India’s Rishabh Pant adjusts his sunglasses during the day four of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022
Pant had multiple injuries following the crash and was first rushed to a nearby hospital in Roorkee before being shifted to a more advanced facility in Dehradun.
‘Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back. Rishabh’s condition remains stable,’ Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, said in a statement.
Pant is undergoing MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and to plan his further treatment, Shah said.
A Delhi Capitals statement published on social media said the crash occurred between Manglaur and Narsan in Haridwar district.
Policemen investigate the scene of a car accident near Roorkee, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant, 25, was driving the car that overturned and caught fire after hitting a road divider
The charred remains of Pant’s car are pictured
‘He has now been shifted to a hospital in Dehradun after receiving primary treatment in a hospital in Roorkee,’ the team said on Twitter.
Hospital authorities were not immediately available to give an update on Pant’s condition.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar said: ‘Pant had told the local police that he lost control on his car after he dozed off for a couple of seconds. The police is investigating the case.’
Kumar added that Pant was saved by local villagers who witnessed the accident and dragged him free of the vehicle.
Pant was part of the India test squad that sealed a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh this month.
But the crash means he is unlikely to be named in India’s Twenty20 and ODI squads for matches against Sri Lanka next month.
A Delhi Capitals statement published on social media said the crash occurred between Manglaur and Narsan in Haridwar district
India’s Rishabh Pant reacts as he walks off the field after losing his wicket during the second day of the second cricket test match between Bangladesh and India, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 23, 202
India’s Rishabh Pant, left, listens to head coach Rahul Dravid during a training session ahead of their second test cricket match against Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022
Pant has scored 2,271 runs in 33 tests. He has also represented his country in 30 one-day internationals and 66 Twenty20 matches.
National Cricket Academy chairman and former test batsman VVS Laxman wished Pant a speedy recovery.
‘Praying for Rishabh Pant. Thankfully he is out of danger,’ Laxman tweeted.
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting also expressed his concern.
‘Hope you’re on the mend and back on your feet soon,’ tweeted the former Australia captain.
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