Moment Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant, 25, cheated death in horror car crash: Shocking footage shows the sports star’s car overturn and burst into flames after he ‘fell asleep at the wheel’ before escaping the body-laden blood
- Rishabh Pant, 25, crashed this morning after ‘falling asleep’ behind the wheel
- The wicketkeeper-batsman sustained multiple injuries after the car flipped several times
- Pant’s team, the Delhi Capitals, said he received treatment quickly and is now stable
India star Rishabh Pant was in a stable condition on Friday evening after sustaining multiple injuries in a motorcycle accident in which his car broke down and caught fire.
Pant, 25, was alone in the car when it crashed between Manglaur and Narsan, near his hometown of Roorkee in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
It is learned that he lost control of the vehicle after ‘falling asleep’ on Friday morning.
Pant’s car hit the road divider, littering the road before bursting into flames
Pant was pictured covered in blood and visibly shaken after the crash as locals helped him
The wreckage of the wrecked car was seen lying on the road after the fire was put out.
Pant was traveling to surprise his mother before the New Year when he crashed, according to local media reports.
‘Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead and a ligament tear in his right knee. He also injured his right wrist, ankle, toe and had abrasion injuries on his back,’ Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
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.
‘The BCCI is in constant contact with Rishabh’s family while the medical team is in close contact with the doctors.
‘The board will see that Rishabh receives the best possible medical care and that he gets all the support he needs to get through this traumatic period.’
Pant’s car was badly damaged in the accident, after it reportedly hit a road divider and burst into flames.
Pant suffered several lacerations, abrasive wounds and torn ligaments, but escaped any life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating the scene of the accident near Roorkee, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand
The charred remains of Pant’s car are pictured above
Pictures on social media showed Pant being led away from the remains by locals, blood pouring from wounds to his head.
The flamboyant Indian wicketkeeper-batsman was initially taken to the Saksham Hospital Multispeciality and Trauma Center.
There, he was treated for impact injuries, before being shifted to Dehradun.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi led the messages of support, tweeting: ‘Disturbed by the accident of cricket legend Rishabh Pant. I pray for his good health and well-being.’
Delhi Capitals, the Indian Premier League franchise Pant captains, added: ‘We are sure he will come out of this stronger. Get well soon, Rishabh.’
A Delhi Capitals statement published on social media said the crash occurred between Manglaur and Narsan in Haridwar district.
Pant is an attacking batter who excites the crowd with his entertaining style of play
Pant, left, listens to head coach Rahul Dravid during a training session ahead of their second cricket match against Bangladesh, in Dhaka in December
Initial X-rays suggested Pant — who saw orthopedics and plastic surgeons after he was admitted to hospital — had no fractures and avoided burns to his body but he will have further medical tests on Saturday .
Those assessments will be key in determining how long the talented left-handed batsman will be sidelined.
Pant was left out of India’s squads for their Twenty20 and one-day international series with Sri Lanka, starting on January 3.
Instead, he is set to undergo a strength and conditioning program to prepare for the Test series against Australia starting in February.
Elsewhere, England have withdrawn Harry Brook from the new T20 franchise league in South Africa next month to reduce his workload.