Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant sustain injuries in a car accident in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Police says the 25-year-old is safe and the injuries are not serious. Pant was driving his Mercedes when the car hit a divider on the highway leading to national capital Delhi. He was alone in the car.
The IPL franchise confirmed the news of India’s Test wicket-keeper car crash. Pant crashed between Mangalaur and Nursan in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
India’s cricket board has not yet released a statement on the accident. Some cricketers and commentators have tweeted, wishing him a speedy recovery.
“Pant sustained injuries on his forehead, a hand and right knee. However, he is conscious and able to talk. However the car was completely burnt,” the local police superintendent Swapn Kishor Singh told the Times of India.‘ He is lucky to survive the severe accident”.
The cricketer was driving alone in his Mercedes GLE when it hit the divider railings of the Delhi-Haridwar highway around 5.30am. The cricketer managed to break a window and exit his car before it caught fire. He was rushed to the nearby hospital.
“Thinking about Rishabh Pant this morning and desperately hoping he is fine and recovers soon,” Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote on Twitter.
Uttarakhand’s police chief as saying that the cricketer dozed off while driving and lost control of his car.
News agency ANI said that the state chief minister’s office has instructed officials to “ensure all possible arrangements for [Pant’s] treatment… and to provide an air ambulance if required”.
One of the most exciting batters in international cricket, Pant was last in action for India on Christmas day when he helped his side to victory over Bangladesh in Mirpur, top-scoring with 93 in India’s first innings.