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India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is expected to be out for most of 2023


Rishabh Pant is unlikely to play any cricket for most of 2023 and is set to miss several marquee tournaments including the IPL. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the medical update given to the BCCI on Pant, who survived a car accident on December 30, states that the wicket-keeper batsman has torn all three major ligaments in his knee, two of which were recently re-torn. while the third one underwent surgery. Expected after six weeks.

As a result, Pant is at risk of being sidelined for at least six months, which could potentially affect his chances of being fit for selection for the ODI World Cup to be held in India in October-November.

Last week, Pant had undergone knee surgery after his right ligaments were damaged in an accident while he was driving from Delhi to meet his family in Roorkee. As one of India’s top contracted players, Pant was airlifted from Dehradun at the behest of the BCCI and brought to Mumbai last week to be kept under the supervision of Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, one of the specialist surgeons contracted by the board.

Since the accident and surgery, the BCCI released three medical bulletins, one of which stated that Pant had also suffered an injury to his right ankle. ESPNcricinfo has learned that in Pant’s case, all three ligaments of the knee – anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament – which are essential for speed and stability, have been torn. The recent surgery is understood to have reconstructed both the PCL and the MCL. Pant will have to undergo another surgery to reconstruct his ACL, but doctors will wait for at least six weeks before going ahead with it.

There is no definite timeline given by the doctors yet as to how long it will take for Pant to resume training but both the BCCI and the selectors have concluded that the wicketkeeper-batsman will be out for at least six months.

Pant, who last played in the away series in Bangladesh in December, was rested for the home series against Sri Lanka. On Monday, he was absent from the squad announced for the New Zealand series that will be followed by the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. Pant, who is the captain of Delhi Capitals, will also not play in the IPL, which starts on April 1. Pant will miss another important match, which will be the final of the World Test Championship in June, if India make it to the final.

The selectors have named KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan as wicketkeeper substitutes in Pant’s absence for the first part of the Australia Test series. Bharath and Kishan will also play the role of keeper in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting next week.


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