Indian cricket team’s wicketkeeper and batsman Rishabh Pant met with an accident after his car hit the divider near Manglore police station in Roorkee on Friday morning. Pant suffered injuries in his leg and head and is being moved to a private hospital in Dehradun for treatment.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Haridwar, Mr. Ajay Singh, told Sportstar that Pant’s Mercedes Benz car hit the divider and caught fire. The accident took place around 5:30 am.
“It was miraculous escape as he managed to get out of the car on his own as the window panes of the vehicle were smashed after hitting the divider. Some passer-by held him, and police rushed at the spot,” said the SSP. The car caught fire in minutes after the accident, said the official.
The BCCI in a statement later stated: “India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant met with a car accident early on Friday morning near Roorkee, Uttarakhand. He was admitted to Saksham Hospital Multispecialty and Trauma Centre, where he was treated for impact injuries.
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, and he has now been shifted to Max Hospital, Dehradun, where he will undergo MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and formulate his further course of treatment.
CT scan reports of Pant’s brain and spinal cord was later reported to have returned “normal”.
The BCCI is in constant touch with Rishabh’s family, while the Medical Team is in close contact with the doctors currently treating Rishabh. The Board will see to it that Rishabh receives the best possible medical care and gets all the support he needs to come out of this traumatic phase.”
Police sources said that Pant’s car was at a very high speed at the time of hitting the divider, while some say the accident happened due to heavy fog on the highway. He was travelling alone. He was on his way home, in Roorkee, from Delhi.
*The copy has been updated to reflect BCCI’s statement and specifics of the incident.