Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant has suffered multiple injuries in a car crash near the town of Roorkee in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, but is now in a stable condition, police have said.
Pant, considered India’s best ever wicketkeeper-batsman by many experts, was alone in the car, which collided with a road divider and caught fire in the early hours of Friday in his home state.
Pant, 25, suffered injuries on his head, back and leg, and according to Indian media reports, managed to exit the car before it caught fire.
Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said the sport’s governing body in the country was closely monitoring the cricketer’s condition.
Pant was part of the squad that emerged victorious in a 2-0 test series over Bangladesh this month. But he has been dropped for matches against Sri Lanka to be held next month.
He was taken to a nearby Saksham Hospital where he received primary treatment and was later shifted to Max Hospital Dehradun for advanced treatment
Cricketers from across the world took to Twitter to express their concern and wish Pant a speedy recovery.