Rishabh Pant airlifted to Mumbai for more treatment on car cash injuries

Rishabh Pant has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai* after being airlifted from Dehradun today for immediate intervention on one of the two ligament tears in his knee. On reaching the hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday evening, the doctors examined him and his condition was stable.

In a statement on Wednesday, the BCCI said, “Rishabh will undergo surgery followed by a ligament tear procedure and will be monitored by the BCCI medical team during his recovery and rehabilitation.” “The Board will make every effort to aid and expedite Rishabh’s recovery process and provide him all possible support during this period.”

In Mumbai, Pant will be under the supervision of Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, who has previously worked with Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, as well as other athletes. Pardiwala is the head of the Center for Sports Medicine and director – Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri, a suburb of Mumbai.

The BCCI appreciated the immediate treatment given to Pant at two hospitals in Uttarakhand and prioritized treatment of his injuries by the board’s own empaneled medical team. While Pant’s medical insurance covered his treatment, the cost of the air ambulance was borne by the board.
Pant’s leg injury is yet to have an MRI scan, but after two-three rounds of meetings between the BCCI panel doctors and doctors at Max Hospital in Dehradun, the assessment was that a tear needed immediate treatment.

After immediate emergency care at Saksham Hospital in Roorkee, Pant was taken to Max Hospital in Dehradun, where he underwent plastic surgery for cuts, facial lacerations and abrasions. MRI scans on his brain and spine that evening gave normal results, but knee and leg scans were postponed due to pain and swelling.

It is too early to set a time frame for Pant’s return to athletic activity and then to top-flight cricket. He hasn’t started walking yet. India’s three big assignments in 2023 are the four Tests against Australia at home in February-March, a possible World Test Championship final in England in June and the ODI World Cup in India in October-November. The chances of Pant playing the Test series against Australia are slim, although it cannot be ruled out. The other big event is the IPL, in April-May, where Pant captains the Delhi Capitals.

*The article was updated after Pant was admitted to hospital in Mumbai.

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